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How many of you have and love your small boat? I am going to buy a windrider or a hobie i think, something that is easy for a quick sale.. This time in my life I cannot do what i really want is...http://www.gunboat.com/safari.php


But what i am looking at is this.... Home
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"""Here's a toast to you on the coast and the sailors out at sea Drink your ales, hoist your sails Ride the windssssssssss and think of me,,,,,,,,,, 'cause Oh I wish I was there tonight"""
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my boat is 23 ft. all i need as of right now. shallow waters and a fixed keel keep other guys restricted. with swingkeel and rudder up i draw 12 inches. only thing i dont like is the lack of a radio ( am fm cd mp3 ) but i just picked up a Bosch 360 soundbox. problem solved.
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Compared to that Gunboat, my 27' Bristol is a dinghy.

I think I will convert a wooden dinghy I built into a sailing dinghy, but am actually worried that if I get my daily sailing fix with the dinghy, I won't be as motivated to make the trip to the mother ship.
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I have a 13' dinghy boat, a 19' open boat (still a dinghy but barely) and a 26' pocket cruiser.

I love them all. I'm more comfortable pushing my limits with the littlest one. And it's a good workout.
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Take a closer look at an old Hobie 16. They are easy to single hand, very fast, and you can take one or two people with you. They are also inexpensive and everywhere you go someone there has sailed one. I had one for years and loved it. Can't wait until I can get another.
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I just sold my catamaran yesterday. It was a great boat, but didn't have to sail both it and my Santana 20. Beach cats are a lot of fun, kinda regret selling it...
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I think the Windrider has quite a bit of trouble tacking due to the lack of centerboard or leeboard. It's known for horrible tacking like 80 degrees each side of the wind (160 degrees total) based on what I've gleaned from their forums.Some of their forum members have added leeboards. I like the Windrider also but can't afford one now. Also the hulls sometimes warp or something due to the extreme length for something made of kayak plastic and this slows thm down. They may have solved some of these problems on later models though. You can sleep inside the hull on some of the older ones( deeper cockpit).
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don't be jealous of big boats

Every Wednesday night a group of us over the hill +50 year old cruisers get on some 420's, and I have to say its as much fun as you can have sailing. Last Wednesday it was blowing 20, and we were up planing and laughing like kids.

Small boats are about sailing. Small boats respond rapidly to changing conditions. Small boats do more in minutes to teach you about sail trim than big cruisers do in days.

Yea, we love to cruise. But if you love to sail, you love small boats too.
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Yes i am starting over i guess i was brought up on a Abbott 33 we raced and stuff too, and recently been into trimarans multihulls , now i am getting able to get my own boat.. So i am starting from scratch now myself. I sailed the windriders tacked them and all, up and down a lake it was good, i noticed nothing different... Now i am looking at a 21 ft hobie or a Stellito i dont know what i want i really want them all!
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Looks like a nice cat.....but wow...a 2008 48' is $1.2 mil!!! For that kind of money, there are ALOT of other options I'd have to consider.
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