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Cal 21 or Santana 22 for first time sailor

Hi Everyone, I'm new to sailnet, so hello!

For some odd reason, about a year or so ago I got a strange desire (seemingly from nowhere--I've been landlocked all my life) to become a sailor and someday sail about the world. This spring I moved near to Lake Michigan and soon I think I'll get a cheap boat to learn on. I found a couple on craigslist and would appreciate help deciding.

The Cal 21 would be nice because of the swinging keel, it would be nice to be able to beach the boat and whatnot, and easier boat for drysailing.

The Santana 22 is more seaworthy and faster from what I understand, but it might not be as easy as the Cal 21 for drysailing.

I've done a lot of backpack-camping (which will help for a night or two on such a small space) so my plan is to take it out over the weekends and anchor near the shore at night, and maybe even sail across to Wisconsin or the UP for a week. (next summer of coarse)

Any opinions?
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