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I don't think you could ever go wrong with buying a dinghy first even if you sold it a few months later or the next season. After having been shown how to rig my MC Scow by the previous owner and witnessing a single tack, I managed to tack, gybe, reach, run, etc in the first hour on the water with no previous sailing experience. There were a few hair raising moments when the wind came up and I got flustered, but I bet it would have been a hell of a lot more stressful if I was worrying about a much larger / more expensive boat _and_ my personal safety. As many people have said before, dinghies are much less forgiving, but they also provide nearly immediate feedback to your actions. This is definitely a plus when you're trying to learn.
edit: On another note, I immediately ordered the Annapolis Book of Seamanship after that outing so I could figure out theoretically what I had been doing.
Last edited by ejholmgren; 06-12-2010 at 03:38 AM.