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post #10 of Old 06-21-2011
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I built some models as a kid. I understood the priciples.

After college I rented a Sunfish for a few hours without instruction. I was hooked. A few weeks later I happened to be at the Beach during the Hobie 16 Nationals and was thrilled by the spectical; it was a seriously large fleet. I bought a used beach cat a few weeks later.

I would never have learned to LOVE sailing if I had not spent years flying and getting wet on a beach cat. There is no substitute for small fast boats, for fun and for learning. I'm comfortable in a blow on a big cat because I really pressed that small boat.

Personally, I'm not much for leasons: read a book, get a small boat, and go for it. In a few seasons moving up will be easy, and the small boat will sell for what you paid for it.

I wish I still had the beach cat.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber

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