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Old 06-12-2013
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Re: Good First Boat

I don't think you have to start with a tiny boat, the first boat I got was a cal 20 which was after sailing one time in my life on a neighbors' Alberg 33.

I do agree that 30+ is a tall order. I wouldn't go above 25.

1. Easier to dock
2. Less to break, cheaper to replace
3. Easier to maneuver
4. For price will be nicer.
5. Easier to learn everything on, anchor, tack...

I would go a good condition boat with a really good condition engine. I would look for in order of priority, regardless of boat

1. Engine
2. Hull
3. Sails
4a. Extras
4. Standing rigging
5. Hardware
6. Running rigging

Really most boats are and you'll be happy. Just go with a good manufacturer and not a macgregor 26
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Re: Good First Boat

one point to consider would be, will you just be "sailing' the boat on weekends or will it also be used as a weekend getaway. I ask that because when I bought my c&c 30 a year and a half ago it was my first boat period..never even owned a rowboat before, but knew that my wife and I wanted to sail but also have a cottage on the water to relax on weekends. many an hour has been spent on the mooring having a drink, reading a good book, grilling some food. or simply watching the boat traffic on the river. trying to do this on a small boat with limited headroom, probably a porta potty, and otherwise cramped conditions just wouldnt have resulted in as much enjoyment! while we could have started small and moved up in stages, other than the lack of amenities of a smaller boat I also thought of the time and expense involved in each step up in boat size. although many on this site have managed to sell a boat rapidly and for good money, many have had to put future plans on hold while the first /second boat waits for an offer. and while that is happening the yard/mooring/slip/repair bills keep adding up{monies one could have applied to a larger boat}. if you have not already take a basic keelboat course, perhaps keelkick a boat or two{read the post on this site about what to look for when shopping for a boat,}hire a reputable surveyor who will let you crawl through the boat with him{ask questions , lots of them}and get out there and enjoy!
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