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Forum for small boats?

I've noticed that these forums tend to cater to the larger boats. Where can I go to get more knowledge on sailing little daysailers? Looks like I might be getting a Falcon 16, and I want to expand my knowledge base on sailing the little guys.

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Try Sailfar.net. It is a small boat cruising site...but has a lot of small boat people on it.

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You can learn a lot here, but you might also try looking at sites for one designs that are extremely similar. How much like a DaySailor is it? They have an active community and forum:
DaySailer.org
There may be closer matches, I don't know. But you get the general idea. You can read articles about tuning and sailing similar boats and talk to people in forums. I belong to a Siren 17 forum where I participate in discussions a lot about boats like mine, even though I have a Newport 17.

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No one here will ever put you down or speak badly about your boat no matter how small.
Sailor's are sailor's, most of the folks with larger boats secretly wish they had a day boat they could just hop in and go sailing with.
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Hi, Tortuga --

If you find a forum, please let me know. I like the dialog here and I've learned a lot (about gelcoat refurbishing, for one thing), even though much of the discussion is regarding heads, electronics, thru-hulls, electrical systems, etc. etc. which I thankfully don't have to deal with.

I check in on Trailer Sailor occasionally, but that doesn't quite fit the bill. And the "dinghy" section on SA is mostly for gonzo foilers and trapeze boats. That's fine, but I'm about 40 years past gonzo. I check in on my class association web site for Scot-specific stuff, too.

I'd love to see a "daysailers" forum here, but judging from the small number of people like Mr. Barnhart an me, there's not a lot of interest.

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We certainly do value the input of folks with smaller boats here. I hope you feel welcome. You are. So, post some questions/tutorials and see what happens.

Most of us have spent significant time with daysailers.

Sailnet is what WE make of it.

Go for it!

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It would be nice to have a forum for the dinghy/day sailor members. I'm in the process of getting my O'day Javelin ready to sail, while I save, search and dream of a bigger boat.
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I think most of the sailors on this forum (me, anyway) started on small boats, so if you don't find a more finely-tuned forum, ask away.

And no one here will look down on small boats. I teach in them sometimes (like Flying Scots and 20-something sportboats) and these are strictly daysailers not cruisers, so if we can help with a question, we will.

And we recognize that the best sailors start out in small boats, which give you the best "feel" of sailing. So don't apologize about the "little guys"..
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I have found this group of sailers to be gentlemen. This is the only non business group that I try to keep up with due to the knowledge of issues affecting both small and large boat. Just jump in and ask

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I've noticed that these forums tend to cater to the larger boats. Where can I go to get more knowledge on sailing little daysailers? Looks like I might be getting a Falcon 16, and I want to expand my knowledge base on sailing the little guys.

Thanks in advance!!
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