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First Boat for Learning

I am looking for recommendations for two boats for the Charleston area. The first would be a learning vessel for harbor sailing and perhaps some outside. The second would be for coastal/islands/Caribbean cruising. In this posting, I'm only requesting input for the first vessel. Jeff_H has established performance criteria for this type of boat. I am adding a few others of my own, as listed below:

1. Single-hander
2. A head - no shower
3. Comfortable cockpit
4. Cabin adequate for overnighting
5. Inboard power
6. Will not be overwhelmed by harbor-mouth currents and chop (I have visited Fort Sumter on a less than perfect day)

Recommending a premium boat(s) is perfectly appropriate, although not a requirement. I know that the recommendation is typically for used, but new is OK if not otherwise available. I am looking for modern design and quality construction, and am not looking for a reconstruction project. I anticipate keeping this boat after the second is acquired.

I have read many of the archived postings and value the knowledge and experience available on this site.

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