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Given that I'm an Idiot

And that I have gotten addicted to having water under my keel and a moving deck under my feet, I is a lookin' to buy a boat, go sailing, and not come back.

After working for Uncle Sam, I went back to being a sax/ woodwind dude. Left the road to work on Cruise ships. Fell in love with being on the waves.

I've seen flat glass pulling into Grenada. 40' seas with 80kt winds in the Gulf. The North sea in winter, and the Richard Simmons cruise to lose...

Yep There is gonna be a learning curve. And as with most curves, it's gonna hit me from the flanks. And when I least want It to.

Any way, What would be the downside of ( seamanship-wise ) of starting off with a Pearson Triton? Or something spankin' close?

And what would you folks call close?
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The Triton is a cool boat and popular in the Chesapeake Bay.

Where are you??
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Right now I'm land-locked north of Dallas. Could be worse...
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No it can't.

I've lived in Dallas.

If you call that living!!
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Good luck on the dream.

"ANY" boat the length of the triton that can actually sail, We're not talking "old shoes" ie Westsail 32 or equal, can and will teach you to sail, along with taking class's from a local source. Then it is a matter of getting on the water as skip in any way shape or form you can.

Some will say that learning on a dinghy, ala "Laser" or equal is a better way to go, along with a tiller steered boat. which can be found on boats upwards of 30'ish'. Not sure, as I have yet to skip a boat with a wheel.........ooops, forgot about the race on some overloaded Hunter 45 or there about last spring. Other than that, nothing more than a couple of hours. That owner seemed to enjoy wandering about on his boat that day instead of skipping!

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I don't know about learning on Laser or similar boats, the smallest sail boat I've ever been on is the 30 footer I now own.
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Dennis,

You have the same issue as my wife, been on any power boats, but not on a sailboat until we bought our Jeanneau Arcadia ~ 30' long.

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Right now I'm land-locked north of Dallas. Could be worse...
FWIW, there is a member here that sails on Texoma.
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I learned on a pico and then a hobie cat which is a great way to learn sail trim and other basics. Those boats have near instant response and if you mess up you go for a swim - no permanent damage is likely. And if you dont mess up you can go amazingly fast. On the other hand, there is no reason you cant learn on a bigger boat. I actually found them more forgiving when I moved up to them but once they get away from you it is likely to end up causing more trouble than a quick swim.

But I would say to go sail on whatever there is. A few lessons were very good for me when I moved to bigger boats - there are a lot of systems to deal with that arent necessarily best learned by messing up like 12 volt elec and diesel engines ... But an instructor hired for a few hours on whatever boat you have can make a big difference.
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Dennis,

You have the same issue as my wife, been on any power boats, but not on a sailboat until we bought our Jeanneau Arcadia ~ 30' long.

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Only been on a few power boats but many sail boats. Before I bought my boat I spent some time on a schooner.
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