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A 10 foot Oday Sprite when I was 13 year old or so. My family bought their first boat, a Contest 25 roughly a year and a half earlier.

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Usually, 11 or 12, unless you were kept back a year.... Most kids graduate 12th grade at age 17 or 18...
Wasn't kept back, but being born Christmas Day I was right on the line and was put in with mostly younger kids. So I guess I was 12 when I got the pram.
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1985 14' O'day Javelin We bought it right after we got engaged - married that same year. 30 years old
2005 1978 Newport 28 50 yrs old and same wife (47 yrs) & 4 kids later. We are both hooked and looking for our next boat.

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1958,- I was 12,- it was a 12' Alcoa-craft built by Reynolds Aluminum with a sliding gunter rig.
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2000 - age 48 - 1964 12' Penguin with trailer (bought it from the builder. Asking price was $500. I offered $100 and he said yes. Went in to get the papers and came out crying. Said it just isn't enough. I said "Hold your hand out, tell me when.." and started putting $20 bills in his hand. He stopped at $240.)
2001 - age 49 - 1966 20' Paceship Mouette $600 with trailer.
2002 - age 50 - 1976 37' Irwin $18,500
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An 8' wooden pram. I was 11. I learned to sail it on the estuary of the Croton River off the Hudson. One day we "discovered" that it would make under the highway bridge at dead low tide. It was not a planned discovery. It cleared by about 6" under the middle span of the old 5 arch cement bridge that carried Rt. 9. That event attracted some attention we were not aware of until we heard the crash. A couple of spectator cars collided watching our expected misadventure. That was the day we made "sailing the bridge" an event we planned for. Low tide at rush hour was often exciting. Ha!
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1983 - An Olympic class OK on a trailer, that I would pull by hand down the road. So many fun times were had in that boat the sailing around parts of the Gold Coast Broadwater (Qld Aust.) . Aged about 13.

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I grew up sailing and kept on sailing well into adulthood on my dad's Hinckley B40 (including with my wife and sons after I got married), until I bought my first boat - a '70 Columbia 28' at 38 years old.

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1979-79 c&c 30 49 years old three years later bought a Alden Challenger and went cruising for 4 years.
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My father bought a 14ft Falcon when I was 11yrs old. We found it in this guys back yard full of rainwater and leaves. "At least it doesn't leak" he said, but it did. I got tired of waiting for him to come home from work to sail with me. I swam out to the moored boat and sailed it alone for the first time at about 14. Scared myself silly almost hitting the jeddy! Freedom, Fun and Sun!
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