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I'd point out that "bargain" boats rarely are... I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started in the Boat Buying Forum.
The Cal 2-24 should be a reasonably good boat to learn on, but I would HIGHLY recommend that you get a basic learn to sail type course, like an ASA 101, under your belt. That will give you a solid foundation to base your learning more on. Also, highly recommend Dave Seidman's book, The Complete Sailor, which is about $16 at the local bookstore. IMHO, it is one of the best sailing primers you can get.
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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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