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post #2 of Old 08-14-2010
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The Snark is likely a better choice for putting on top of your car then a Sunfish as it is one of the lighter boats out there. I am not familiar with an 'Eclipse Mango' sailboat so I can't comment on that. A link to the ad or maker of the boat might help.
I don't want to discourage your idea of taking your children sailing at a young age but... I volunteered at a junior sailing program this summer that used Sunfish sailboats for ages 12 - 16. Many of those teens that were in our program had the attention span of a fly and could not adequately handle the helm much less the sail 'trim' or point of sail. A few of them were also quite competent and came to us after learning a bit of sailing from their families who started them young.
What age is appropriate to start sailing? I really don't know.
Even if they are good swimmers life vests should be mandatory even if it is a small lake.
Good luck.

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