lol, wow! so now, people with a Disability are considerd trolls(SNIP)
Ant, your post stating that you were dyslexic was not visible when I posted that I was tending to agree with another poster that you might be trolling. You must understand that
1. You JUST joined Sailnet yesterday
2. (See Donna's first paragraph above)
3. Your particular style of expression (not bothering with the Shift key most of the time, spelling more difficult words correctly and missing on the simplest, etc.) is difficult to read. If all that is due to dyslexia of some kind, my apologies.
Back to first time sailing, and leaving alone the choice of boat, I'm certain that if you're careful, and start out with the help of your friend's father, you'll have a GREAT time! I'm still a beginner myself, and just got my first sailboat this year, and every time out is really a lot of fun, tinged with just a bit of a "pucker factor".