1977 Island Trader Ketch
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southwest Florida
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Re: Hi! Bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail..
Welcome. You've already won half the battle since you've sailed before. The Watkins is bigger and far less likely to flip. But . . . the hull speed for a displacement hull is less than a planing hull. Your 25 will max out around 6 knots. So, if you plan on the Bahamas, factor the speed (or lack there of) into the mix. Other than that, take a course on Sailing and Seamanship thru your local Power Squadron. Lots to know or at least have a clue about, OK, know how to look up.
Don that is great advice, I will do the same and look for a course in Sailing and Seamanship as well as lessons !!!!!