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Old 09-16-2012
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

Don't fear Craigslist. It's just a way for buyers and sellers to make contact. After that, as with any transaction, exercise caution.
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

Hi Ed here. I agree with those other fellas. Get yourself a day sailor, pocket cruiser, trailor sailor. Craigs list is not so different than any other ad source. You of course need to look over any potential purchase and know what your looking at. Research what a potential vessal will draft and be mindfull of the depths of the waters you will be sailing. Swing keel sailboats dont need a lot. Just make shure all the rigging is there,mast, boom, rudder/tiller, SAILS, anchor. Check for soft spots in the fiberglass. Get in climb around. If you are handy at fixing stuff a boat that requires a little TLC should not be out of the question. If not, finding a boat ready to go will be more costly but an added bonus to that will be a seller that has not neglected there hobby and will be eager to show you that everything is in good order. Either way you cant lose, a well maintained boat holds its value pretty well. So start small and work your way up. Good luck.
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

X 2 on the Catalina 22. You can find them between $2K to $5K ready to sail. Make sure you have enough depth in the lake your planning on sailing in & continue your research. decide which boat you want & do as much research on it here and on other forums as well before you buy. Make sure the lake your sailing in has enough depth for the centerboard/draft on the boat you choose. I originally learned on a sunfish. Study the points of sail and have at it.
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

A lot of good advice here, as per usual on Sailnet. I would add a couple of things:

1. It's best to learn to sail on a small boat - the smaller the better. Down to the size of a Sunfish is great. Reason? When you make a mistake, you know it immediately. (You go for a swim.) When you've done it right, you know it immediately... and it feels really good. Word of caution, if you start on something like a Sunfish, have someone with a little experience show you how to right the thing in shallow water - where you can stand on the bottom until you learn how to do it.

2. There's a lot more to sailing (and boating in general) than just learning how to handle a sailboat. Rules of the Road (known as the ColRegs - collision regulations), navigation (on a small lake that may seem like it would be no problem, but when you come back to your marina the first time after dark, you'll be amazed at how unfamiliar everything can look. Take the time to take some courses. I always recommend joining the US Power Squadron. You'll meet a lot of other boaters, many very knowledgeable, and the courses they offer are excellent and very inexpensive.

Sailing is a wonderful hobby / sport. You never stop learning. And you'll find that most boaters are very helpful and friendly. If they're not, let us know. We'll arrange to push them overboard. In a safe and friendly way, of course.
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

Sixteen feet or less. The 14.2 you mentioned would be ideal if it's in good shape. Sunfish, Laser, Butterfly....all good.
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