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Anything above 35' will be a bit much for you to single-hand, especially given your limited sailing experience. While I agree that the gear setup is much more of a factor than boat size, as sailingfool says, this is true only to a point. When it comes to docking, anchoring, and such, the larger boats are more difficult and may be more than you would be comfortable with.
You might be better off looking at 32' rather than 30' boats, as the two feet makes a substantial difference in interior volume in many cases.
You should also be concerned about the boat's draft. Many inland lakes may have depth problems. A shallower draft boat will also be able to access more of the lake as sailing grounds.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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