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Need help picking a beginner boat!

Just got back into sailing. I do know the basics, I just need a boat that I can easily handle right now. I would like it not to be too heavy. I will be sailing on the James River, not the ocean, so take that into consideration. I was thinking about the Snark Sunchaser II. Any tips or suggestions?
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The Snarks are great little boats, but if you're going to have more than one adult aboard, you might want something a bit bigger and more durable. The O'Day Javelin and Daysailer are pretty good choices, and fairly widely available, as well as fairly inexpensive. The Open Bic is a pretty good little boat, as are the Laser, and the Melonseed skiff.

It would help if you said what your budget is.


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