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post #2 of Old 03-05-2005
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Suitability of a Laser dinghy for learning

Well, Snappahead,

I know lots of sailors, and a good number of them would recommend learning to sail in a dinghy. Depending on where you live and how cold the water is and how windy it tends to be, Laser might not be my first choice (Cape Cod, for example) although you can learn sailing on a Laser well just about anywhere, even when it''s cold and windy as long as you don''t stray too far from where you launched. If you''re fairly young, Laser might be a good choice, if you''re older and out of shape, a little drier ride like a penguin or albacore might be best. It will also depend on what''s available in your area. You could find any number of sloop rig boats up to 16 or 17 ft. in length that you could single hand, particularly after you learn the basics. Find out what dinghy fleets race in your area and catch a ride crewing with someone to get an idea of how easily the boat handles, ask them how much used ones cost, whether any are for sale, etc.

Allen Flanigan
Alexandria, VA
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