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Old 05-01-2012   #1
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question about dinghy sailing

So I have a question about stability. Took my lessons in a Compac 23 keel boat. she heels over but won't capsize. got that. Did my solo time in a Compac 16 keel boat. She heels over but won't capsize.

If I were to purchase a 16 to 18 foot dinghy with center board, how do they heel over before capsize? Are they able to sail on days with high winds of 20 mph or so without capsizing? I would love to get a smaller boat to practice on as it is easy to set up and easy to find a place to sail it by myself. However I also want to take the better half with to get her used to sailing as well. This will not happen if the boat is going to capsize on regular basis. I realize some boats are more likely to capsize then others but in general are dingy's able to sail without capsize is the question.

thanks for the advice
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