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Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

I've been checking out a good condition Prindle 19 cat as my first sailboat. Am I a fool to think I can handle and rig it as a total beginner. I've been on a rental cat once but didn't have a clue about sailing then...and it was 12 years ago. I would normally be sailing it with a friend and maybe his wife. I'm 170, hes 155, and his wife is maybe 95. I'm 30 years old.

At this point I'm a little ahead from being a total beginner in that my dad used to sail a little bit and I've been reading and watching instructional videos every day for the past month ever since I've come to Florida and realized right away this is something I wanted to do. So no experience, but at least getting in the ballpark on the basics.

In general I'm pretty coordinated and pick up new skills quickly, I just want to make sure it's a platform I'm not going to kill myself on while I get my bearings. I'm assuming I can just go out in really calm winds and just not trim the sail in completely to limit the speed.

Theres not a lot of internet info on the Prindle 19 what I can find seems positive. I still havent been able to find if its foam core or not on the hulls though.

I'm up in Ocala, Forida. Would probably spend most of the time on Lake George.

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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Heck no! Go for it. I LOVE sailing beachcats! Even when I sail them onto the rocks like a moron!!!

Seriously, they are a freakin' blast.

My beachcat is a weird hybrid of a Prindle and a Hobie. It's called a Spirit 17...



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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Go for it. You will be fine. Sounds like a fun way to learn. If Smackdaddy can do it...
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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Thats awesome. I'm all about fixing stuff myself, cars, bikes, a toaster, you name it. I've just never owned a boat and wouldnt know what I'm getting myself into if the condition was poor.
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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Like aev said...if I can fix one up to bristol condition and sail it onto the rocks - you can too!
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Thats awesome. I'm all about fixing stuff myself, cars, bikes, a toaster, you name it. I've just never owned a boat and wouldnt know what I'm getting myself into if the condition was poor.
Nobody ever does. Just the first class of your schooling on messing about in boats.
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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

I did very little sailing when I was a teen, Sunfish and a basic sailing dinghy and later on , went out a couple times with my brother on his Santana 22. That's all the sailing I did until I bought my first boat when I was 40. A Catalina 30.
BTW, I never watched a sailing video or read a sailing "how to" book.

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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Accept that you WILL flip the boat, and you WILL get quite wet, and everyone will have a good time. Maybe a baby bob float on the mast head until you get a feel for it, but otherwise it won't be "boring sailing." Lots of good things can be said about going fast on a reach, and being able to beach the boat to get back.

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Larger boats are not a bad choice as a first boat. Anyone saying small is easy is downplaying how complicated it is to handle a small boat, which can be more difficult. For example, how to come into dock, steer, reach over transom playing with the outboard fwd rev neut... While getting lines ready, watching other boats, and not getting overwhelmed. My. 1st was a 23ft, TOO SMALL

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Re: Prindle 19, am I being foolish as my first boat?

Looks like the Prindle 19 is a pretty quick racing boat. If you're ambitious and start out in less wind, especially with 2-3 people you should be able to figure it out. The difference that matters between a slow cat and an a fast cat isn't so much the top speed, it's how fast things happen. We went from a Hobie Getaway to a Hobie Tiger. It took a lot more focus & attention to handle the Tiger, especially with any gusts. The slower, heavier Getaway just didn't throw us in the water on a whim as easier.

But you'll probably be fine. Make sure you know how to right it when you dump it. You'll learn pretty quickly what it feels like just before it dumps you or pitchpole. We didn't have any lessons, just bought a boat & a book (Catamaran Sailing: From Start to Finish by Berman, Phil). That was about 8 years ago and now we're cruising the Caribbean on our own boat. When you finally get bored, grab a copy of Catamaran Racing: For the 90's to up your game.

Beach cats are a heck of a lot of fun and you'll learn a ton of sailing skills.

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