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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

I singlehand sail ALOT in SoCal out of Newport Beach. I am in Schock Santana 30. Very easy boat to sail and I have been in some pretty rough stuff as well. These boats can be had in good shape in the 10-15k range. There is a Santana 30/30 thats a very fast boat and for racing its great...less comfortable than a Santana 30 but faster and can probably be singlehanded fairly easily. They are more expensive in the 20k range, but I have seen some that were well used for under 10. I personally wouldnt look at a boat under 27 feet and I'd prefer a 30. In my opinion a 35+ becomes a bit too much to handle, but it depends on how the boat is rigged...It can be done. I once asked here the biggest boat you can comfortably singlehand. That depends on the person. There are people here that single hand 50 footers...Thats probably beyond my comfort zone, but a 30 is my perfect size right now. Its big enough so I dont feel like its too small in rougher water, but small enough to dock and maneuver in the harbor singlehanded. So I would look at boats in the 30 foot range. J boats are nice especially if you want to race...J/29s and J/30s are out there...but not for under 20k maybe 30...Hope that points you in the right direction.
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