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Old 05-01-2010
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Family appropriate dinghies/day sailers?

Hey all,

My wife and I learned to sail on small boats in our youth ( 420s, butterflies, lasers, etc) and want to be able to acclimate our young ones ( 3.5 years old and a 9 month old). We expect to start off sailing by ourselves and then add the older one to the mix, but I have some questions about a good boat to do this on. It seems that alot of the small boats are really "wet" dinghies suited mostly for racing. My googling for a good family dinghy(?) in the 14-16' range are mostly British ones or old, out of production models ( e.g. Pintail 14'). Our longer term goal is to move up to something like a Catalina 25 for cruising around the Puget Sound and beyond, but for now we want to work on our sailing skils...

So here are some parameters:
Can be hand launched from a yard with ramp or off the dock
Under 18'
Rig can be Cat, gaffe, sloop
Suited to the light summer winds of the Seattle area

I came across a Pintail 14' , but without a trailer and being 40 miles away, I passed, but it seemed to be the right type of boat.

Any other ideas?

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