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OK...

The first family sailboat was a 24' Shark, that we bought around 1965 and sold in 1968.

My first boat was a Laser, that I bought in 1981, when I was 19.

6 boats later, I'm looking for another Laser....

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When my father was young (not sure of age), he built a 12' Sailfish out of a kit, all wood. Similar to the ubiquitous Sunfish, but with no cockpit. Flat across the deck with handrails on either side.

When I was 13, I inherited it...Dad had taught me to sail, but that Sailfish still almost killed me the first time I soloed. Accidental jibe, boom knocked me off the boat and the boat promptly capsized on me.

I was ok. Good thing my shorts were already wet. (jk)
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Sunflower

It was a hard-coated styrafoam Sunflower (similar to a Snark only smaller and cheaper). I was 13 or 14 and I wanted a sailboat, so that's what my mother bought me. I think she probably paid $100 for it new in the early '70s. I think it only lasted one season, but I can actually still visualize myself sailing it. Then there was an old MacGregor 16' catamaran that I bought in my late teens. I was out one afternoon and flipped it. Couldn't right it by myself, fortunately a good samaratin came by and helped me right her and towed me back to me beach. (Yes, I know how revered Macgregors are on this site. )

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I "inherited" the family boat for awhile also, but it was in sad shape by then (we really never did any upkeep) and didn't last much longer. That was when I was about 15. It was a trimaran that was about 10' x 6'. It was a scale model of a big tri that sailed around the world (at least I think I remember hearing he made it). The builder sold it when he was getting close to leaving. We sailed it a lot on local lakes (lived in Atlanta). It's one of those "I can't believe my parents let me" memories - we used to camp at Lake Lanier a lot and by the time I was 10, my parents would let me sail off on it with instructions to stay in Young Deer Creek (a pretty large cove) that I didn't always obey. It was a slug, but almost impossible to capsize and very easy to sail.
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When my father was young (not sure of age), he built a 12' Sailfish out of a kit, all wood. Similar to the ubiquitous Sunfish, but with no cockpit. Flat across the deck with handrails on either side.

When I was 13, I inherited it...Dad had taught me to sail, but that Sailfish still almost killed me the first time I soloed. Accidental jibe, boom knocked me off the boat and the boat promptly capsized on me.

I was ok. Good thing my shorts were already wet. (jk)
By the way...I still have this boat. Actually tried to sail it a couple summers ago. It almost killed me again. I'm a bit bigger now, and I felt incredible unstable on it...still sailed nicely though. Memories took over and I had a blast. Spent a lot of time on that boat.
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I was in my early 30's and just married. Wheh the kids came, the boat left.

But I just obtained a new boat, haven't a clue as to what it is.

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10' Inflatable kayak rigged with a sunfish sail @ 10 years old.

14' Flying Junior with a bent mast at 14.

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