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Well after much research and too much humming and hawing I finally found a nice ,well kept C&L 16 ,it's no cruiser but I think a nice size to learn on with my son,wife or daughters,(the small maybe 25 ft cruiser comes next), summer type weather is in full swing now so gotta get out there and use that water while its thawed out! I would like to ask others what they learned on?
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Good way to start!.. Small responsive boats teach you the fastest however you're bucking the trend today. Seems now a large number of first time buyers get in at 30 feet plus - must be a lot of money floating around

We started with a small 24 foot Shark, and moved up through to 40 feet over a 12 year span. Now back down to mid 30s.

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Congrats on the new boat.

I'm currently learning on a little 12' O'Day Widgeon. One of the first things I learned is that things can go wrong rather quickly on a small boat, and it's definitely forcing me to be more thoughtful about when, where and how I sail. The good news is that with a small boat, typically the only recovery needed from a mistake is to get it upright again, bail the water out and make the mental note to "not do that again."
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Congrats on the new purchase! I found learning on a smaller boat much more rewarding. Understanding things like sail twist, traveler adjustments, and trimming seem to have a quicker response on the boat so you can "feel" how your changes are affecting speed. I learned on a Cal 22.
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Congrats on the new boat! We started with Bristol 24, and then moved up to a Bristol 29.9. As said above, a good way to start the learning process.

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Nice. I just sold my 15' Potter P15 last month and picked up my 30'. It closed and is mine today. I can imagine your excitement. Small boats are simple and fun. Welcome to sailing from a beginner myself.
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That is a well made boat that can carry an insane amount of sail. Be careful not to get in trouble with her in stronger winds.
Best of luck and congratulations on a good choice of a boat.

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Well after much research and too much humming and hawing I finally found a nice ,well kept C&L 16 ,it's no cruiser but I think a nice size to learn on with my son,wife or daughters,(the small maybe 25 ft cruiser comes next), summer type weather is in full swing now so gotta get out there and use that water while its thawed out! I would like to ask others what they learned on?
Back in the 60s while we were on vacation in Florida, my dad came back to the hotel with a little 12' fiberglass daysailer called a 'Jack Tar.' We all learned to sail on that great little boat.

Many years later, my wife bought a sailboard for me. I actually learned even more about sailing on the sailboard. Without a rudder, you have to really learn center of effort and center of resistance.

Starting with a small daysailer makes a lot of sense. You can make mistakes on something that is very forgiving, although more tender than a keel boat. I'm sure that you'll have a lot of fun!

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Thanks all,I aprciate all ideas and not to worry ,won't be using that big spinnaker that comes with it for awhile,my sons pretty excited too he took a couple of sailing courses when he was in high school but hasn't had much chance to use them we ll work on figuring it out together ,
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Re: Bought my 1st sailboat

Great boat! I miss mine, used to race it as a teen. Trailered it all over Eastern Canada in the 80's.
Still remember being on the Atlantic in the tail end of a hurricane.
I knew I had things ripping when the centre board would start doing this harmonic vibration thing when up on plane. Boat was humming!
With practice when you dump it over you can right it again and only get your feet wet.
If it never goes over you're not sailing it right!
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