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Hello all

Chris from Ohio here. I'm in the process of trying to find a sailboat but could use some help. I'm looking for advice and thoughts on different manufactures. I would mostly sail around the lakes here so I can learn, but wanted something I could depend on if I take it down to the Atlantic Coast/Florida Keys after more experience. Could someone point me in the right direction please?

I have boating experience but no experience with sailboats.

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Re: Hello all

Hi Chris, I think the first place to start is to decide on a budget!
I'm sure if you do a search in the forums you'll find lots of info. Everyone has lots of opinions on which type of boat is better. I learned to sail on a Contessa 26 on a large inland lake. She was heavier and slower than many of the other boats, but we weren't afraid to be out in a small craft warning, and would head out when many other boats were heading in. (We only had the weekends ... so we took her out every chance we could!)
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Re: Hello all

Then decide where you will keep her, on a trailer ,in a slip or on a mooring...Dale
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Re: Hello all

Chris,

Just starting out? I'd suggest picking up a copy of "The complete Trailer Sailor" by Brian Gilbert. He has tons of great info on small to small-ish boats, trailering and the like. It will help you ti find what you like in a boat. Then pick up a large trailer sailor, say 23 to 25 foot. Take a USCGA coarse in boating (even if you've "been around boats your whole life".). If could save your life. Then get sailing! A small boat will run $1000 to $7000 depending on what you're looking for. If you sailing, go bigger. If you, don't, sell it for what you paid and go on to something else. I suggest the upper end of trailerable because of greater flexibility, less getting wet, and more room for a bottle of Merlot and that special someone. My lovely bride and I spend up to a week at a time on our 25 footer. I bring several bottles then.

So, keep us posted. A few of good names Catalina, Precision, Hunter, O'day.

Happy hunting and keep us posted.

Don
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