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Hi newbie here. Single dad with tho girls. Time to trade in the bike for a family adventure. Signed the girls up for 2 weeks of sailing camp and I am in sailing lessons 1 night a week for July and August. Sold the bike and am off in search of a boat under 25 overnighter for Georgian bay. Any words to the wise are always welcome. I like the looks of the o-day 22 (friend had one) any thoughts?
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Consider an older cal 22. Most are very trailer-able and you can pick them up for pretty cheap.

I almost bought one of gunk holing the san juans. Then decided to hold off becuase any funds I put into a keel boat should be centered on something I can cruise, and/or do a double handed race to Hawaii in pacific cup.

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Georgian Bay boat under 25 ft

Hi, in the older boats the C&C 25s are very seaworthy vessels. The 24 as well but a bit more tender.

Get a survey, good luck!

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Hi Steve,
If trailering is not important to you, I'd look a little larger, and go to a Tanzer 26, or a Georgian 23 if you can find one (gotta plug my own boat ) Both boats have more practical room than an Oday 22, full standing headroom, a proper head, still are relatively shallow draft, and can be had for less than $10k.

Welcome aboard. It's good to see another Canuck here.
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Hi, I'm not looking for a boat though I am indeed a frozen Canuck. Its the fellow with the two girls, who is.

I should post a proper introduction, just bought a boat, but did not want to get ahead of myself...

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I am the new guy , Is there anyone local to me (simcoe county ) who offers private lessons. Really not interested in racing just safe cruising and a bit of a fast track to get me started. Separate issue... boats for sale locally????
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The best boats that you can own are ones that you can drag up the beach by hand, and ones that you can live aboard.
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This site: Used Sailboats in central Canada may be useful to you in your selection process. I believe the price data is probably outdated, but it's a good way to look at a bunch of options to get an idea of what you'd like.

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Hi, I'm not looking for a boat though I am indeed a frozen Canuck. Its the fellow with the two girls, who is.

I should post a proper introduction, just bought a boat, but did not want to get ahead of myself...

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Sorry, Steve, that was a brainfart on my part.
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I would be surprised if you had to pay anyone to learn how to sail. Nothing wrong with paid lessons of course, but if you go down to your local marina it should not be difficult to find someone who would appreciate your help (and weight on the high side) in exchange for sharing their knowledge.

If it was me I would be careful to find someone who has a calm easy going demeanour, someone has been around for a while and doesn't get into a flap when things get a bit hairy on the water (which they invariably will, sooner or later)

Racing is actually an excellent way to learn to sail. With a good skipper you will learn all of the terminology and jargon. You will learn good sail trim, rules of the 'road' some of which will apply whether or not you are racing, sail adjustments, eg cunningham, reefing, mast rake, main and jib sheet traveller car positions, flying a spinnaker, packing a spinnaker bag, and so on. Club racers are always looking for (reliable) crew. Many clubs and marinas have crew banks.

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