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post #8 of Old 10-07-2012
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Re: Aspiring sailor searching for boats.

Oh no, not another one of these posts. Dude, go online and research. Find a boat that fits into the lifestyle you want. I grew up around boats, not sailboats, but I had taken a course when I was 12 in dinghies.

First sailboat I bought was a Catalina 30 moored 4 blocks from my apartment in Vancouver. It was a great boat and we did some great cruising in it. If you are keeping it moored, get the most boat for the length, if you are planning on going on an extended cruise, get the most equipped and seaworthy boat you can afford.

Make a list of what you want, and then go looking.

Oh and your list will be wrong, but you tend to start ironing out the details on your second, third, fourth boat.....

And when it comes to courses, look at your learning style and do what works best for you. I just watched youtube and practiced on my own boat. It worked out pretty good.

Life's a dream, live it!

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