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No, it's an easy boat to sail +
and if any boat around that size will keep you safe, the Carl Alberg-designed Typhoon is it. Blood-simple to rig and sail, neither fast nor slow, and with no bad habits.
But that's not to say you should try it. I don't know the locale you're talking about. If you were in calm water, with an 8-knot steady breeze, no traffic around, no land or shoals nearby, and docking and undocking weren't an issue, heck, I'd almost let you go out with *no* lessons, and learn by doing on this forgiving boat (and this coming from someone who teaches sailing frequently).
But that wasn't your actual question. If you don't have the conditions as above, you need more tiller time than you'll have, to avoid the always-unexpected complications of current, weather, traffic, navigation, and how to get "there" and back. Go out with an instructor, or a friend with sailing experience, and learn slowly rather than fast and the hard way.
Last edited by nolatom; 08-17-2007 at 06:39 PM.