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O'day mariner sea capabilities?
I'm considering buying a 1970 O'day mariner 19. I have little experience sailing and have discovered through research that this is a good stable, safe boat to learn on.
I live in Newfoundland where there are many sheltered bays in which to sail but it is almost always windy which of courses creates a fair bit of choppy water.
I am wondering if the mariner 19 is a good, safe boat for salt water (not the open ocean) but large open bays. It appears that most people use this boat on fresh water lakes.
I have also been looking into the sandpiper 565.
If anyone has any advice on the sea capabilities of either of these boats, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,