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Re: Im buying a big boat! But i have never sailed
Ant I have been reading this whole thread and I probably can make a statement such as "most people here that don't like FC boats also don't like English cars and for that matter Italian cars". Many have made up their minds based on the great US marketing propaganda about something that might or might not has happened in the past. The tellie has a lot to do with that.
But keep in mind that there are many GOOD sailors and a few fantastic designers on this forum that can give great pointers on how to sail any type of boat and their brand/type is always slightly better than the others.
Here is some advise from an old Dutchman, been there, done that. Keeping all that in mind start some reading about sailing, navigating and boating in general. It is raining and cold too much in GB at the moment anyhow to work on boats.
A good starting read would be "Sailing for Dummies" ( http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-Dummies-J-Isler/dp/0471791431/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349893553&sr=1-1&keywords=sailing+for+dummies ) Chapmans Piloting and Seamanship ( http://www.amazon.com/Chapman-Piloting-Seamanship-64th-Edition/dp/1588160890 ) I know these are US links but I'm sure you can get them in England. Buy them, devourer them, keep them as reference (don't hire them) you will be a much better beginner and know what to ask to learn faster.
When you settle on the value and what you can afford you'll have a great roomy boat. Sail her to the Netherlands and back a nice trip from Hull. Don't underestimate the North Sea either as not to under estimate the Gulf of Biscayne. When in doubt you can always hug the coast line with many safe harbour close by. Longer trip but again safer and more to see.
Keep us informed.
ps. that shell you're talking about is called a bimini (not bikini) but all that jargon is talked about in the book(s) I mentioned.
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