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Re: Learning to sail w/o water....
IMO, a small dinghy class sailboat IS the way to learn how to sail. AS dvu posted above it allows you to feel the boat. You will get instant feedback to any input. A larger keelboat will lack that feel. At the end of the day, all boats sail based on the same physics. Only the systems and complexity change. That's just boat handling that you would have to learn with each new boat you sail.
If you become competent dinghy sailor you can sail anything! IMO, you can do so better than those who have done nothing but sail large boats. Why? because you don't have any backup! There is no "iron sail" to help you out of a difficult situation. Spend a year sailing to a marina dock under sail, you will have confidence to handle any boat doing the same.
The Pearson 35's reputation as a excellent boat is confirmed by it's continued popularity. All boats have different sailing qualities. And, older boats will be found in a variety of condition. As well, on forums like this remember that you are reading opinions. For example, IMO, Pearson is a better boat than Bristol. That's not to say that there are one or two Bristol models that excel. And, Bayfields are pretty boats. That is, pretty slow! So remember, opinions, are just that.
Last edited by TJC45; 08-17-2013 at 10:20 AM.