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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

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What he said -- especially the part I emphasized.

Well, then the OP should at least hear that. The Buccaneer is not that stable and can be a real handfull for someone just learning
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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

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Buc is not very stable. He is starting out.
Not stable?

Stable is relative to experience. The fun part of these boats is the handful they can be. The key is knowing that they aren't always that way. Wind conditions play a roll as does the skill of the skipper and crew. And the fact is, to a new person, all dinghy's will feel unstable.

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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

IMO, PIA (pain in ass) factor is the number one killer of sailing time. Keep it simple works well here. The smaller boat, kept at the house will have a much lower PIA factor than a larger, more complicated boat, kept at a marina. And, a whole lot less expensive too!!!!

And while the OP will eventually gain enough experience to single hand the larger boat, that's not happening anytime soon. So, unless he can round up at least one willing crew member, he's not leaving the dock. That could put a serious dent in his sailing time.

The smaller dinghy will enable him to sail whenever he wants with as little effort as is possible in sailing.

As for the dinghy being boring, i don't understand this?

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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

Hello Jollymon. I also will be going to lake murray for my sailing trips.
I just bought an O'day day sailer II took it out on the lake this past
weekend for the first time. Loved it. I would like to have a bigger
boat but as i am trailering (live in Irmo) & just learning the 17' daysailer
feels great to me. I think since you have the option for the bigger one
you would be wishing you bought the 22' if you went with the smaller
one. What ever you decide enjoy and good luck.
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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

Based on what I'm reading here, it sounds like your choice boils down to either the 14 or the 22.
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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

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IMO, PIA (pain in ass) factor is the number one killer of sailing time. Keep it simple works well here. The smaller boat, kept at the house will have a much lower PIA factor than a larger, more complicated boat, kept at a marina. And, a whole lot less expensive too!!!!

And while the OP will eventually gain enough experience to single hand the larger boat, that's not happening anytime soon. So, unless he can round up at least one willing crew member, he's not leaving the dock. That could put a serious dent in his sailing time.

The smaller dinghy will enable him to sail whenever he wants with as little effort as is possible in sailing.

As for the dinghy being boring, i don't understand this?
Although there were several different factors that went into my decision, this was probably the most important one for me. When I am the lake, it won't just be to sail. I will have family responsibilities, too. And, for the most part, I expect that I will be single-handing.

That means I need a boat I can rig without too much time or hassle.

So, after a ton of research, I bought a Capri 14.2. So far, I've sailed with it well over 400 miles, but that was trailing behind my son's truck.

Lake Murray Sailing Club in SC is putting on an Intro to Sailing class this Saturday, and I expect that it will be the best $45 I've spent this week.

Wish me luck, and thanks for all the input. It has been helpful.
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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

Sounds like a great decision!!!

Sailing lessons are the right way to go!

I'm sure you will get much enjoyment from that boat. Good luck!!!
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Re: Dinghy v. Keelboat as first boat

Seems like there are a lot of votes for each boat. I have had both and use both with my family. We started out on the Capri 14 about 15 years ago and for a day sailor and for a family of 4 it was perfect. It's a little tippy, so that's one thing to watch out for. But it's so nice to trailer around, we could take it anywhere!

We currently have a Hobie Holder (about the same size as a 14). We love it because it's easy to set up and go. We can trailer it anywhere and be on the water in minutes. We also have a Catalina 22 parked at the dock at the lake and love that too for taking people out. It does hold more people and it's easy just to go to the lake and take off from the dock.

For just starting out and inexperienced at sailing, personally, I would recommend the 14.
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