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40 years old, since then a 27 Oday and 30 Hunter.
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first boat: 11 years old home brewed / home built 7 ft punt.. cut from a single sheet of 4x8 plywood.. sail was a bed sheet on a bamboo pole... used about 4 years... sailed a very long but narrow lake (NY State barge canal / Eire Canal)... tremendous adventures with my dog....

second boat: 21 years old... olympic class Star 24ft.. quite the jump... saw the boat. fell in love with the lines. bought it, didn't know what it was, figured it out how to sail it and then raced it..

third boat: Flying Scot great family boat

fourth boat: Shannon 37
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Grampian 26, 34 years old

1975 Grampian 26 bought 3 weeks ago. I am 34 and plan to sail with wife and two daughters (4 and 6) so they'll learn the basics way younger than I did!

"Gromit", 1975 Grampian 26
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Islander Bahama 24 when I was 27. First of 6 I have owned. I am now 53.
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McVeigh Minuet. !8' pure joy...in 1972. How I wish I had that boat now.
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Talking First boat

In 1977 14' Laser @ 25 yrs. old

In 1978 24' Laguna - swing keel

In 1992 13' Zuma

In 2007 27' C&C [currently own & sail]

Love sailing. Each boat has taught me new skills. Am too old to sail a wet boat; but loved it at the time. Each guest I take sailing, falls in love with the sport.
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First Two Boats

Hi, All....

My first boat was a Snark Fireflower (10' and made of ABS plastic covered styrofoam.... really!), at age 39. My second boat is a 1982 Catalina 22, also bought when I was 39 (last year).

I've been sailing since 1995, however, on rented and borrowed boats; I got ASA Bareboat Chartering certification in 1995 in San Diego.

John.
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Sunfish in 1960. Loved it. I was 15.

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At 53 years old, purchased my first ever sailboat, a 1971 31' Seafarer yawl. Have loved sailing her, and just returned from our first overnight cruise after a number of family daysails.
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30 years ago, my first boat was an 11' mirror dinghy, which taught me a few things:

Wood requires maintenance.
Gaff rigged boats will turtle when capsized.
Gaff rigged boats + rotted main halyard = mild concussion.
Chicks dig boats.
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