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Re: J24 for SF Bay? First sailboat

Hey thanks for the advice everyone.

If a J24 is too hard, would a Ranger 23 be better? I've noticed that those boats are common on the SF bay, and they have a much higher ballast/disp ratio than the J24.

A few people here suggested the Santana 22. I've noticed that those boats are very common on the SF bay, and many sell for less than $2000. I'm a bit concerned by their high PHRF rating. I was looking for something fairly spirited to sail.

Are there any other boats which might be more forgiving or more appropriate for me than the J24? I've sailed a Soling single-handed frequently for about a year now (although the owner has installed a self-tacking jib which obviously makes it easier) so I'm not a complete novice at this. Is there any other boat which you think is appropriate to my level of experience, which can be single-handed, and which is at least somewhat fast and responsive? Again, I don't care about cruising amenities.

Thanks again for your help and advice.
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