Re: First boat, no experiance, what to get?
Ron - pay heed to the advice above about getting a sloop-rigged boat. I started with a Snark and then a Sunfish, and it wasn't long at all before I wanted more. Moved up to a C-Lark and am quite happy with it, at least until I retire in a few years and have a lot more time to sail. Could have skipped the other two with lessons or reading. Sailing with the main only wasn't any more difficult than sailing the Sunfish - and it's roomier and drier. In my limited experience, the C-Lark does better in light winds than the Sunfish. I would expect the same from a Lido 14 or the like.
OTOH - The Snark is still with us because it's easy to car-top, and I was able to recover all my investment in the used Sunfish.
Last edited by Steve in Idaho; 11-23-2012 at 03:53 AM.