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Inland lake dinghy guy looking to grow in sailing

Grew up on a Corp of Engineers hydropower lake but never could get into sailing when I was young and dumb. Spent thousands on powerboats as a youngster, all down the drain.

Moved into Atlanta to go to school for engineering and got a local job when I graduated. With my new found time (no school finally!) i stubbled upon a crapped out sunfish. The sailing bug was in full effect. Being mechanical I turned it into a cat-rigged boat with a mast and boom i laminated myself out of carbon. Even bought a sewing machine and did my own sail. I sailed this thing religiously on Lake Lanier, a Corps lake fed by the Chattahoochee. It wasnt long before I grew tired of this little boat and decided I needed more.

Last winter I bought a fiberglass classic moth and got out on the lake with it. Still wasnt enough. Time to get to work. I started construction of a 12' carbon fiber and foam UK Cherub based dinghy. I havent quite finished it yet, but the hull and spars are 90% complete. Still have to make the rudder gantry and chainplates then I can start rigging.

Anyway, I know this boat will satisfy my need for more SOLO but i have people constantly asking if they can sail with me but I have no boat capable. So there I am, I am here for guidance on a topic I have no experience with: keelboats!
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Re: Inland lake dinghy guy looking to grow in sailing

Welcome ck. As I read I wanted to say "You can BUY boats these days, ya know."

Lots of keelboat advice around here. Are you looking for something to sail on Lake Lanier? Some guidance about your needs, budget, etc. would be helpful. How many people are you thinking of sailing with you?

Quite a few Lake Lanier sailors on SailNet, too.
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