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Would this be a good first sailboat?

I have a large family and we want to get into the cruising lifestyle. I saw this sailboat in Cabo and felt it could accommodate the whole family with enough room to bring our Jetskis. Would this be a good first boat to own?
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

I'm not sure she has the beam you'd really want with a family of 4. I suspect the cabin will feel very claustrophibic, and you'll probably trip over each other. Otherwise, she looks to be rigged for single-handing, and seems like she'd be good for inshore sailing, but I wouldn't want to take her offshore.
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

I don't think it has quite enough spreaders. You want at least 4 per crew member.
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

I am thinking she may be a little small, I saw one recently that looked like she might be okay, as long as you do not want to stay aboard all the time...

I think some guy named Wally had her, and he wanted to get her to a Better Place?

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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

General rule is 1 set of spreader per person, that boat looks like it has what? 5? so yes it could work. That model usually does'nt have the hot water option, so you may need a solar shower for the cockpit. I use a pump up bug spayer painted black and left in the sun. You may find it easier to tow the jet ski's in tandem.
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

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General rule is 1 set of spreader per person, that boat looks like it has what? 5? so yes it could work.
I use the transom criteria, but arrived at the same conclusion. A boat has to be able to accommodate the entire crew sitting on the sugar scoop transom at the same time. Looks like you can fit a family of 5 easily on that transom.
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

Nah, something along the lines of Bill Joy's 190' ETHEREAL is more appropriate for someone who has never owned so much as a rowboat, before...

And, of course, it had better be as "Eco-friendly"as a 190-footer can possibly be, as well...

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Nah, something along the lines of Bill Joy's 190' ETHEREAL is more appropriate for someone who has never owned so much as a rowboat, before...

And, of course, it had better be as "Eco-friendly"as a 190-footer can possibly be, as well...

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That is more suitable. The little blue sailboat was tight. you really should have one sat com bubble for every 2 crew on board, other wise streaming videos while doing web searches get all slow.
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I use the transom criteria, but arrived at the same conclusion. A boat has to be able to accommodate the entire crew sitting on the sugar scoop transom at the same time. Looks like you can fit a family of 5 easily on that transom.
I just looked up the word "transom". I thought that was stadium seating in the back of the boat so you can pull up to on the water shows and invite some friends onboard.
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Re: Would this be a good first sailboat?

My bad guys, I was not understanding that we were talking about needing a roomy boat that is good for a starter. I think this one has enough spreaders and should have enough space on the transom as well. Note she is docked near someone's little stinkpot of a powerboat, but she cannot help who came in alongside in the night.
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