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Before anyone purchases a boat, I suggest looking at a bunch of boating catalogues (West Marine, Defender, etc) so that you know what you're in for as far as replacement parts go. Depending on your boat size, it can be VERY expensive.

I also recommend joining a local sail club. When I first decided to buy a sailboat and before I bought my first boat, I joined a sail club for $40 annual dues and could sail on a number of different types of boats from trailered boats to cruisers. It had the advantage of trying out different types of boats and the skippers were always willing to give advice and lessons as we sailed.

The ASA basic keel boat course is also a good idea.
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