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Old 09-15-2007
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My first boat was a Budweiser keg sawed in half with a mopp handle superglued to its keel and pink flamingo shower curtain mainsail . It wouldn't point worth a shhh but she was a dab hand runnin down wind. I had a couple of beavers mounted to the transom and carried a club to encourage them for auxillary power. She was a fine wee boat but I lost intrest in her when I discovered Mount Gay Rum. Nahh the first boat was a Sunfish I loved that thing ,we lived in Saudi Arabia and Dad got it for us kids I was 9 bro was 7 and we lived to capsize that thing on the Persian Gulf at a place called Half-moon Bay Dammam . Thanks for starting this thread it brought back some great memories
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My first boat was a 1978 made Catalina 25. We bought it from her loving owner because he upgraded to a bigger one. We sailed with her for another 12 years before we found her present owner as we moved to a bigger one too.
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My first boat (@ 6 years old) was a 8' wooden skiff with a beach umbrella for a sail and an oar for a rudder. I would sail accross the harbor, aprox 1 mile, down wind then row back. Then moved up to a beetle cat.
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First sailboat: 8 foot closed rectangular skiff built in high school shop class. Plans from some "book for boys," blue nylon sail I sewed up, rigging hand-made from the hardware store, daggerboard and swing up rudder. Nicest part-- mahogany hand rails I made. Name: Cynus.

She was sailed for a couple of years on a fresh water lake on the Oregon Coast. Not bad if there was enough wind. After she rotted out, we burned her Viking style at the edge of the lake. Her mast, rigging, daggerboard and rudder/tiller are still in the beach house 20 years later.

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I bought my first boat from Lippincott at the Annapolis show in 1976 - a 27 ft Cal 2-27 for 17,000 dollars. We sailed out of Kent Island and later out of St. Petersburg, FL. for the next 4 years. That was alot of money back then. Now two sails for my boat cost that much.
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Boston Whaler

Yep, a Harpoon 5.2 (17')centerboard sloop. Sweet, bulletproof, beachable, quick little daysailer. Room for four and a decent sized cooler. Bought it in 1980 for $5, sold in in 1986 for $5K, saw one for sale recently in the Jackonville, FL paper for $5K. They made a 4.6 (15') centerboard boat as well, and a few 20' keel boats.
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Sunfish

First with a sail was a Sunfish. Often sail it still off the beautiful (lol) beaches of Bolivar Texas. I love goin out out when the waves are about 2-3ft. Oh and dont mind the PVC sleve over the boom, it will hold, thats just were it broke on the beach. Oh, you think the halyard and control lines look a little off for a sailboat, and you have never seen carabiners used quite like that. Who said you cant use old climbing gear for your sailboat... had to do something with em when they got retired from my Enchanted rock gear. Nah its totally safe today to head out so far the houses look like ants, here put on this inflatable vest on, its worth more than the boat so please dont mess it up, have fun
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i'm glad someone revived this thread..very interesting to see the genesis of everyone's sailing experience, not to mention bringing back a flood of memories for me.
as for me, a 9 foot Turnabout (a veritable tub w/ sails), but i won my first race in that boat at 7... the thing even had a spinnaker. it was bright yellow and fun (for a kid at least) to sail...mine was wood, and the newer ones were glass..i even remember getting t-boned by a friend (i had right of way)..the boat didn't seem to care as i ended up w/ a huge hole...
then on to flying juniors, 470s columbia 26, J/24..and now my sabre 30..
ain't sailing a wunerful thing...
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1969 Grampian 26. Bought it in late October 2001 after going out two weeks before on a friends Catalina 22 (1972). Sailed that boat 9 times in Nov and Dec (including new years eve) despite the 2 hour drive to the boat and nasty weather. In spring, donated it to the youth sailing portion of the yacht club / community I am now the vice commodore of and bought a 1986 Hunter 31. The main reason I bought the boat was I wanted the slip (precious in Annapolis) and a boat I didn't mind sinking to learn on.
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Other than canoes, our first boat was our current Omega 36.
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