Join Date: Jan 2011
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Welcome back! I started sailing a couple of years ago at age 46 . . .should have started sooner, when the boys were younger.
Will you be trailering or mooring? Trailering has it's advantages and drawbacks but I prefer it. Cost is huge! As far as the fresh water thing goes, it stands to reason that a fresh water boat would have less corrosion around those hidden gadgets that fail and ruin your day, or you spar, or your career. Fresh water boats probably have been beaten less too. I'm sure some lakes (Great) get ocean-like swells but for the most part, I think 8'-0 waves are reserved for saltier venues. My dream boat (Other than Barbara Eden) is a Catalina 27 or 30 in the 1986 range. I love that boat. You can pick up a nice one for around $15000 so they're affordable and they are said to be a quality and nimble boat.