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post #21 of 25 Old 06-08-2011
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I had a Snark one time also. I had almost forgot about that boat. I put a broom handle in the mast to make it a little stronger and just screamed across the lake. Light enough to toss on the roof of the car and take anywhere.

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Get a dinghy like a Lido 14 or even a Sunfish - Cost lese than $1k


Mess around, get wet, learn to capsize and right yourself - once you taught yourself These skills then go and buy a keelboat.
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The biggest problem with teaching yourself is knowing what is "normal". The first time you get to a 15 degree heel you will swear that you are going over. I have seen people scare themselves so bad that they never want to sail again when nothing was wrong. Having said this I taught myself many years ago and I am still unlearning some of the lessons. Drive the six hours, make it a weekend away or something. It will pay for itself in the long run.
Subjective, as you have pointed out.

Some people feel one thing and some feel another. Its's dependent on the person.

I say buy a cheap boat, research, take her out, listen to those that have gone before, and learn on your own.

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Go buy your boat say a Catalina 22 or Hunter 22 and find someone with sailing experience to take you out the first time [ or two ] to show you the 'ropes'.

As others have said getting from A to B under sail is not rocket science.

Most useful tip I got "shorten sail the FIRST time you think about it".

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My wife brought me home (Sailing for Dummies). I have found it very informative.
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