I have been reading through this forum for about a week to get an adea on whether or not the boat I wanted would be a good fit for me. Sailnet is a great place to look and you all know a lot about your passion.
I have never sailed a day in my life. Multiple small motor boats, canoes, even a kayak, a little skiing, and jet ski's are all I have "floated" on. A sailboat has been a very distant dream of mine for over thirty years. It is time to stop dreaming and start doing!
I want to purchase a Sabre 28 for my 1st boat. It seems to be small enough to single hand; yet big enough to stay out on the water for a week at a time. Over the years I have looked at quite a few sailboats; and payed real close attention to Albins and Parker Dawsons but they seem more like camping cruisers than cruisers (though by reputation they are great cruisers).
Nothing against camping. I have been camping and hiking since I was in my teens. Just do not want to camp in my boat if you know what I mean. And if you don't; all I can say is I go hiking/camping medium weight. 50 to 75lbs of gear tops for a week at a time. A lot of you say buy the biggest boat you can afford and love. The Sabre 28 is it. I fell in love with the lines, craftsmanship, and I can afford one.
I live in Ohio and will be taking lessons on the great lakes. What I really want to know from you seasoned veterans, is this too much boat for a beginner to learn to single hand, even if I am willing to fork over the dollars for multiple lessons?
I am not an imature individual. 50 years old, athletic for my age, and very respectfull of anything that moves; including myself
I appreciate all input.