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Old 09-07-2012
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Re: Small Boat for Solo Sailing

Your best option may be to look around where you sail and see what's already popular. There is no point in reinventing the wheel, or getting something that won't suit for one reason or another. The last time I was in SoCal I saw a Mercury being launched. Fairly heavy keelboat about the size you're talking about. There's a comfortable cockpit. The light air you mention might be a problem for something that heavy, though; they seem to have bigger fleets further north where there's more breeze. A Lightning is a relatively stable centerboard boat (the steel centerboard is pretty heavy) that does well in light air. The large cockpit is comfortable, and there's a big enough deck to stretch out on if you want. A small motor on the transom can get you home when the wind totally dies. That might be another option to explore. Happy hunting!
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