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post #8 of Old 10-03-2009
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I agree with the smaller boat. You'll learn more about sailing by far with a small boat. I recommend taking sailing classes on a keel boat in the 22 to 24 ft range. Then get a boat that's similar and sail it for a few years. Consider renting a big boat for a cruising a fer times before you buy one. My biggest boat was a Hallberg Rassy 41. You've got no idea how expensive a boat like that can be to maintain an operate. I've been sailing all my life and one thing for sure is that the bigger it is the less you'll sail it and the more time and money you'll spend on it (squared). There is only one exception.. it your going to live on it then it's like buying a house you can move around.
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