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Buying a sailboat

I am the new guy. I am searching for a sailboat. Done some sailing, done some antique car restorations, done a lifetime of maintenance work and know my way around a toolbox and hardware store. Know very little about sailboats. I do not want a major fixer upper.

Why is it there are so few schooners on the market? Can a ketch be readilly converted to a schooner?

While you can't cure stupid, you can teach away ignorance. Help!!!
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Few schooners on the market because few modern schooners are built. Anything can be converted to anything else, if you have enough time and money. The question is, why?


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If you haven't ever sailed before I would necisarrily be looking at schooners, something much smaller and much cheaper would be better suited in my opinion.

Something like a daysailer or a small trailerable that needs a little TLC is usually a good pick for new sailor looking to get into the venture.
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If you're looking for a good solid boat for sailing away into the sunset, I'd heartily recommend a Westerly Seahawk. Very seaworthy, easy to sail, comfortable to live on.
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