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Old 11-02-2012
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First Sailboat Bristol 22 Columbia 22 CC24

B22 LWL 19.5 SA/D 16.36 D/L 171.59 D/B 2850/1150 40.37% Dr 3.5
C22 LWL 20.08 SA/D 22 D/L 121.31 D/B 2200/1100 50% Dr 3.17
CC24 LWL 19.5 SA/D 18.62 D/L 192.66 D/B 3200/1452 32.78% Dr 4

Bristol 22, Columbia 22, C&C 24.

Hello. My name is James, 30 year old, looking to purchase my first sailboat. I will be sailing the Chesapeake; home port of Baltimore. My sailing experience is limited to a week long bareboat cruising course aboard a Colgate 26 and Beneteau 434 a few years ago. I'm finally ready to get some real time on the water. Next summer I plan on taking 3 months and sailing as much as I can to gain the experience and confidence to charter and eventually go cruising if I ever make it to retirement. I'm looking for a weekender; something I can camp on for a week, come home a few days shore leave, and back out again. I will be single-handed except the occasional day sail with friends/family.

Like any good armchair sailor I've been reading and surfing the web narrowing my search for my first boat. I figure I'll be happy with which ever boat I decide to purchase and eventually I'll be moving on to a different boat. The Columbia 22 really stands out as far as numbers are concerned. She seems to have more sail power and a longer LWL. The draft is shallow which means I may be able to get into a gunkhole or two easier but it also means the ballast is closer to the hull although the D/B ratio seems favorable. I do wonder if she will heel more and if it will make learning harder or better for me as a more responsive boat.

I also figure there will be some restoration no matter which boat I choose. After flipping through the book This Old Boat I'm actually excited about the restoration process.

What are your thoughts about the boats I've listed? What are some things about these boats the numbers aren't telling me? Any wisdom for a new sailor starting out?

Also if you're on the Chesapeake and need a crew member drop me a line; although it is a bit cold this time of year. I hope Sandy was good to all of you.
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