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Re: J24 for SF Bay? First sailboat
I'd bet that the Ranger 23' could handle the winds on SF Bay if you can. The Ranger 23' might be easier to single hand then a Sonar (also 23') or similar fast dinghy like sail boat.
People have found ways of sinking J 24's in NY Harbor: The Sinking of 12
The formula for sinking a J 24 seems to be simple: do not close companionway and do not latch lazarettes in cockpit closed, then get knocked down.
I doubt that a Ranger 23' would plane like a J 24 (or at all) but for single handing I'd rather have some serious weight below like the R 23 has. We race against one in PHRF beer can races and the R 23 can be a spoiler for my Tartan 27'. We race in the 'high' PHRF division (>186).
Are there any Tanzer 22's in the SF Bay area?
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