Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Wilson, NY
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24-27 feet good to learn on, suggested boats
First off, learning on a centerboarder, less than 20 feet, is probably the best way to learn to sail. Once you can handle those boats, big boats are easy.
Secondly, if one wants more than a center boarder day sailor, I have found the Catalina 27 to be ideal. I have said this so often on this forum one must think I work for Catalina. I have never owned one of these boats, but have cruised aboard them. They sail well, have a lot of room below, and can be bought at a very reasonable price.
There certainly are many smaller boats - like the Cal 25 - that are very good, and even better, but the Catalina 27 continues to be a much used and popular boat. This is something to consider because if one continues to sail, one will want to go bigger and a C 27, properly priced, will sell.