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I'm new- what kind of boat to look into?
Okay, square one, post 1.
I'm 35, married, baby on the way. Being stationed back to Northern Virginia and we want to get a sailboat when we get there next summer.
I'm Navy, have my Officer of the Deck for a 40,000 ton LHD and I've also taken the basic sailing course on base (16' Catalina). I'd take the intermediate (22' Catalina) and advanced (28' Catalina) before buying a boat.
We'd be sailing primarily in the Potomac river- between D.C. and the Chesapeake. Mostly day sailing, but lots of overnight weekend trips too. As well as just enjoying the boat at the marina for dinner/cocktails/entertaining.
I should add, that I think I'll need as shallow of a draft as I can get- the Potomac is notoriously shallow if you get outside a channel.
I've been a powerboater my whole life (yeah, yeah, don't throw anything at me), but my wife enjoys life much more at 7kts than 70. Plus she wants the galley, head, stateroom, and low fuel cost/good for the environment that sailing gets you.
What class of boat should I be looking at? I have a year to reserach, but I need some pointers in the right direction. Anyone have any good articles, links, advice?
Last edited by zimm17; 07-27-2010 at 02:53 PM.