Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Re: Best pick for teenager
The best boat is often the one sailed by his age group at the nearest club.
It means there are people who can teach him how to sail the particular boat, how best to right it after the inevitable capsize, give advice on set up, handling etc and sourcing parts. If he "gets into it" it provides an opportunity to race in a fleet of at least a few boats, meet people his own age who are also interested in sailing, learn about other boats and what might be suitable next steps.
Sailing with a fleet with a rescue boat on the water also helps in safety for new sailors.
Before making a decision I'd suggest going and having a yarn to someone.
Another thing for learners is that a self draining cockpit is better than a bathtub!