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Old 01-30-2011
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I have a thought for you to throw into the mix.

Our first boat that we bought to learn to sail on was a Columbia 26. Although we knew we would only have it for a short while so we could learn and the upgrade, we learned a lot on her.

One thing I noted, but this is more specific to rougher waters on the ocean, is that the tiller could swing around if it slipped our of your hand. There was a time here and there when it hit me in the ribs and it hurt.

If I had small kids and I were going to be on anything but a lake, I would want a boat with a wheel.

Just my thoughts.
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