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Starter to Sailing but not to the water

Hey guys,

My wife and I are seriously thinking of buying a boat. I have had lots of experience with ships (navy that is) but not too much with sailing. We both know the basics of sailing. My question is, is a 30' boat too much to handle as a first sail boat or are we biting off more than we can chew? The thing is, smaller boats just dont have what we want if we want to spend a few days out on the water.

We are looking at a 1977 29' C&C Mk1 in pratically sailaway condition.

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A C&C 29 would be a great starter boat, especially if it's in good condition. If you're confident that you're going to enjoy boat ownership, then starting small would end up being a (short lived) stepping stone and you'd be moving up soon in any event.

Be sure to arrange a good marine survey as part of the buying process - make completion conditional upon satisfactory results. Any defects turned up by the surveyor can form renegotiation positions and you'll get fewer surprises down the road....
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