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Newbie to Sailing has a boat question...

First I would like to say hello to eveyone here...!

I was going to buy a speed boat until I spent a little time on my freinds sail boat. Immediatly I was a changed person...

Background: I am American/Persian, served in the US Marine Corp and now am a System(Sales) Engineer for a router company.

My question: I have the option to buy either a Lipincott 30, 1980 or a a Irwin Citation 34 1984.

This will be my first boat, I plan on sailing in the open ocean to the Florida keys from Miami and up to NY some day. My freind (20 years experience) will be teaching me how to sail.

Which boat would you recomend for me...my wife and my brother will also be sailing with me. I am 6'00 so I would like to be able to stand up...

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Welcome devil dog

Marinesniper -- welcome aboard -- i have two devil dogs as sons - one just got out after 2 tours in the sand box.
I also live in miami and sail out of rickenbacker marina on a jeanneau ds40.
can i suggest a couple of things -- first as an exski instructor and one who took sailing lessons to learn to sail - while your friend may be a great friend - keep the friendship and take a couple of courses from ASA - then get on board with your friend - it's like going to PI for basic and then AIT and then to your unit where you get the basics and then have a buddy really teach you how to make the boat go. it really may work better -
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Marinesniper...I can tell you that the Citation is a good coastal cruiser and a fast boat that should be fun to sail. Don't know anything about Lipincotts. GET A SURVEY before you buy as there are lots of construction issues with boats of this era and a survey WILL save you money at the very least!
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I'd second Chuck's suggestion. Keep the friendship and take a good sailing course instead. Also get Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor, as it is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn to sail.

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Thank you guys... anyone know a good ASA cetified instructor in the Miami area (aventura, holleywood) are that will teach me on my boat 4 times a week...?

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try these guys

Marinesniper -- try Fla yachts and charters on Alton rd in miami beach -- it is just across the mcarthur causeway -- I have met and dealt with these guys a couple of times and they are first class
by the way - if you are married and want to stay that way and your wife is also interested they offer couples courses -- as such you both become students and as students can't help or direct each other which is good in making you work as a team and it will pay off later --
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Thank Chuck,...I just saw your reply after I submitted another request...

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good luck -- if you need anything i sent you my email in a private message --
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