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post #3 of Old 06-21-2010
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I know nothing of sailing a canoe, but there are many good options for small sailboats on lakes. We retired at 55 and we've been coastal cruising from Maine to the Bahamas since that time. I agree that the money side of your plan and your father's advice are most important. Spending less than your income is survival. Spending far less than your income is luxury! If a person learns to sail on a small boat they will develop a greater skill than is available to someone learning on a larger boat. Small boats give immediate feedback and allow the learner to better feel the response of their actions. The transfer of these skills to a larger boat will be easy. The only new skill to later learn with the larger boat will be maneuvering in and out of the dock with currents and wind. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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