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post #6 of Old 02-22-2005
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Good Boat to Learn on Under 10k?

Hi Jason,
Are you planning on doing any boat camping or entertaining on the boat? If not, I think it''s better to start with something smaller and much cheaper than the 10k range. Of course it''s nice to get something ready to go. But half of sail boat ownership is maintenance so fixing one up as you go gets you ready for bigger boats as well. It also seems pretty well accepted to learn to sail with a tiller as opposed to wheel steering. I really think I was able to learn to "feel" the wind and water action thanks to that suggestion to become a better sailor. Asking about which boat will get you an unlimited number of suggestions mostly based on bias according to what each person actually owns. Which ever boat you end up owning and bringing to life will be the "best". Just a personal belief - just get the smallest boat possible now and enjoy it. It''s not marriage, everyone moves up.

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