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Old 11-21-2011
LarryMac (sailing newby)
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Looking for advice on my first boat

I am new to sailing and new to this web site. I would appreciate some advice and different perspectives. I am looking for my first sailboat this winter after taking ASA sailing classes on Grand Traverse Bay (Michigan) in October on a 31' Hunter. It was cold, rainy and very windy...I learned alot and confirmed that I want to continue learning.

I turn 50 next year, live in central Indiana and am looking for a boat (and trailer) that I can sail on Lake Monroe and/or Brookville Lake. After doing some reading, I am leaning toward a boat in the 20'-24' range. I enjoyed the size of the Hunter 31, but finally convinced myself that a boat that size would not be practical for me at this point. I'm not looking for a project boat. I'm looking for a good, affordable (under $10K), stable boat that I can learn on, introduce sailing to my Grandson and then "move up" to a different boat in a few years.

I am looking for suggestions on boats that would be easy to launch and single-hand sail. I am also looking for opinions on the Compac 23, Bayfield 23, Nimble 24 and Aquarius 23.

Thanks in advance!
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