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Old 09-24-2009
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Welcome to the forums, and glad to hear you're on the mend and joining the ranks of sailors. I'll pepper you with the standard questions that will allow us to give you some more tailored recommendations:

* Where do you sail now, and where do you intend to take the boat?

* Will it be mostly you, or will you normally have crew aboard?

* What kind of sailing do you intend, 90% of the time? Passage-making? Coastal cruising? Overnighters? Strictly daysailing? Racing (distance or beercan)?

* What qualities do you most want in a boat: Speed? Toughness? Comfort? Aesthetic appeal?

* What do you require for belowdecks accommodations?

* What is you budget? How willing/able are you to work on the boat?

There's probably a bunch more others will ask you. That Cheoy Lee Lions is a gorgeous thing. Guessing you appreciate traditional lines? It's a bit long for a first sailboat, but not all that much. Lots of the OAL is overhangs, which can make life a bit funky downwind and which benefit from sailing at higher heel angles. Somewhat small working jib. Lots of wood to keep your varnishing elbow busy, and apparently like many Cheoy Lees the decks used non-marine plywood and may require major attention.
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