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First, I would ask how much sailing experience you and your wife have.
Also, have you owned a boat previously??
I'd point out that when cruising as a couple, a majority of your sailing is done as two singlehanded sailors, sailing the same boat, since the other will be otherwise occupied—sleeping, cooking, etc.
Also, a steel boat has maintenance requirements that are a bit different from GRP or wooden boats. In many ways, the GRP boats are easier to maintain, and easier for the average person to learn to repair.
A sloop-rigged boat would probably be easier for you and your wife to handle and maintain.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 04-24-2010 at 10:41 PM.