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post #91 of 143 Old 11-14-2008
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12' Beetle Cat to race when I was 12. Great boat, there was a big fleet and we had a great time. That was 42 years ago, time flies when you're having fun.

Been through a few more since. Still have a Harpoon 5.2 for lake sailing, a 9' Roberts slalom board that rips on big wind days, and a Hinckley SW-42 for cruising with the family.
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post #92 of 143 Old 11-15-2008
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My First Boat

Learned to sail when I was 16 and a counselor at a boy's camp in Canada, had a blast on that cold lake.

Bought my first sailboat at 25 (1974), a Lido 14 for just $400. She was old and had a fouled bottom with some plant growing from the centerboard trunk. I got a trailer for her and fixed her up and sold her that fall for $1200. Bought a used Clipper 21 for $1500 ($300 more) and sailed that for a few years and then bought a Seafarer 22' in 1978. Sailed her for 29 years and bought an '81 Catalina 27 winter of 07. I sail her all the time. I will be 60 in February and I am sure my family is giving me a "big boat" for my birthday (but I am not holding my breath!)

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Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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Bought my first boat in '97 in my early 30s. 29' Mariner sloop, fin keel. Nice boat. Sailed it for 7 or 8 years, then upgraded to a 46' full keel ketch. Now I'm stuck on double-masted, full keel vessels -- wont be going back.

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1985 Hunter 23. My husband and I were about 25 when we bought it. The interior was in rough shape and with the help of my father-in-law we were able to give Little Wing a face lift. We are now selling the Hunter and are trying to upgrade to an Endeavour 40.
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My first boat was this little guy, a Mac Dinghy (but not by Mac Boats--this one has tags indicating a J.L. McReynolds Company in Pittsburgh, PA), which I purchased used for $400 this summer. I learned to sail on it in St. Martin Bay (Michigan) on Lake Huron while on vacation. I carried it on top of our car. Now it's looking for a new home so that we can get an O'Day 25.

[edit: forgot to add my age at the time of purchase: 30.]


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Sport Yak II with sail-kit. Age 12.
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mini fish which i jumped on knowing almost nothing about sailing at age 11 luckily was in a protected harbor and eventually i figured things out

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post #98 of 143 Old 11-18-2008
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Just purchased the first boat 4 months ago (age 35) - a Tartan 28. Learning to own/maintain versus learning to sail are 2 very different subjects! Regardless, it has been an incredible experience with my new weekly motto of "Work to Sail"....

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My first, and only boat so far is my little Clipper Marine swing keel 21' "SOLO"

I payed a whooping $0.00 for her. It took 4 years of relentless pestering, but I talked my room mate in to signing her over to me.
( ME."your never gonna use that boat, Just sign it over to me and I'll fix her up"
HIM. "Some day I'll fix her up"
ME. "When?" "Why dont we just put her in the water and see if she floats?"
HIM. "You dont even have a tuck to pull it with."
ME. "So?" "If I had a boat I'll bet I could find some one to pull it for me"

After a few years of that, One morning he walks out with a pile of paper work and says... "Here's your stupid boat"

We were on the water two weeks later......

That was last summer at the ripe old age of 29


She had not seen water in ten years, and was sitting all said and unused with no cover, full of leaves and spiders.

Here is a shot of her just getting to her new home. In dire need of a bath and lots of TLC.




And on the water.




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Last year, I bought a well used Cal20 at the age of 40. The boat was one year younger than me. She's got tired sails, but points well and will keep with bigger boats. I wouldn't call her fast, but she's fun!

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