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Old 08-19-2013
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Re: Looking to sail again! Need some advice

If you're not planning on doing competitive racing, aren't j/24s priced a little higher with the race set in mind? I think you could find a more obscure boat for less, but just as good. Like you said, you don't want a mass produced boat anyways.

If its your first boat I would recommend not getting involved with any kind of fixer upper. It's got a good chance to be more of a fixer than you realize and you want to be out there sailing, not fixing. For $7000 you can get a real nice 25 footer, ready to go. Maybe only comfortable for four people though, at least for me. I feel cramped quickly.
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Re: Looking to sail again! Need some advice

I would strongly suggest that you take the number of people who supposedly want to come out with you with a grain of salt. They like the idea in theory, but in practice have all sorts of other commitments. Second I don't know the weather pattern where you are but a lot of people like 2-3 weeks notice, however the weather can be uncertain even the day before. Third the odd trip is one thing but very few want anything more regular.
You can in fact have a great time in a relatively small boat with a couple and a child or two for weekends and maybe a week or so. Bear in mind that a child might well mean one or other of you is relatively pre-occupied so the other is single handing.
A lot of people might prefer bigger boats but even more have more fun in smaller ones.
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Re: Looking to sail again! Need some advice

Originally Posted by EriCS View Post
True! I honestly feel like I won't be satisfied with a boat of this size. My brother has an 18' Catalina or Capri and its definitely small. What do you think about a j24 as a choice? It's not that comfy and never sailed one but it seems like a blast and it sails well in light wind. Plus it's only 24' which will help on storage during the winter. I am curious to know how much sails are for a boat like this compared to other in this range? I'm not planning on doing any competitive racing.
I have sailed on a J24. It does not need much wind to get it moving. It also has a pretty cramped cabin. It is a real racing boat though and not a boat I'd suggest someone to start out with. There have been a number of J24's that have sunk after capsizing: City Island Sailing: J-24 Sinks in the Hudson!
You could probably find used racing sails from a J-24 fairly easily. J-24 sails probably seem expensive as they are almost always racing sails made of mylar or other high tech material. Regular dacron sails for a J-24 would not cost more than for a similar sized boat of different make.

A more stable boat like an O'day 25' would seem to be more appropriate. The O 25' has a big cabin for it's size. There are center board & fin keel versions. Cockpit is not small. Boat is trailer-able.
There are a bunch of similar boats in this size range.
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