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post #16 of Old 08-20-2010
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I agree with Dylanwinter1 - and not just because we're both from Oxford,

Few years back a friend (who told me he could sail) and I bought a 24' bilge keel boat from Ebay, the next day we're sailing it into the Solent (south coast England) how we didnt die is beyond me, in the few times we took it out, we tore the sails, ran aground, damaging the keel so when the tide came in the boat filled with water, we even lost the outboard over the back..

I went right back to square one - I've done my RYA lvl 1 and 2 this summer, and now had about 50 hours sailing dingies - mainly a wayfarer - i've just bought myself a nice small, non expensive West Wight Potter 15 - and i'm going to learn slowly, I paid 850 for a good condition boat, with trailor and outboard, and a mooring for the next 2 months.. I SO wish i'd done this in the first place.
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