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post #4 of Old 04-09-2012
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Re: Boat for Single-Handed

the Bear's two cents:
Start small, Lightning, Thistle, Comet. Get in a club, take lessons, sailing with buddies helps you learn and is more fun. Little boats are easier to learn in and mistakes are easier to recover from. The leasons you will learn on these small craft apply the same way to big boats. Small boats are cheaper to buy, maintain, and easier to sell when you feel like you're ready to move up. Yes, little boats should Not be on big water unless you have a great deal of experience and the boat is totally set up for the conditions that large lakes (read great) and open waters can have. Little boats can trailer home and stay in the back yard, or can go to another area for a chance to try new waters. Big boats have to stay at the marina. $$$ Little boats have inexpensive parts and gear, big boats have big parts, large lines, big anchors. $$$
I am assuming you are going to try an interest your wife into sailing and quiet afternoons on calm waters are a much better learning experience than a choppy afternoon with 15 degree heel with land further off than she feels comfortable with. IMHO
the Bear
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