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post #16 of Old 01-16-2010
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You're right on target for the boat to meet your needs. Swing keel is as good even better than a dagger board. Size depends on the space you need. Don't terrorize you spouse with a boat aimed at racing. Perhaps the old standard Lightning is an open racer that's also a family boat. Look for a boat that has a class organization in your area. Besides comraderie, lotsa' advice they usually have outings ans social events, great new sailers. For small cabin trailersailers there's always the Catalina 22. They've been in production for decades, found nearly everywhere and have a strong class organization. The old O'day Mariner/Osprey was a great small cuddy cabin family boat.
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