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V15 for learning to sail

I am looking to buy a beginner sailboat for Flathead Lake in Montana. My experience is limited to a few times in a Sunfish and a Zuma. Dealer is pushing us to buy a Vanguard 15. Here are my questions about the V15:

1. Is this a good beginner boat that we can grow into as we get experience?
2. Can one person sail this boat?
3. Can kids learn to sail in this boat?
4. Any other advice would be helpful

Thank you in advance for any assistance.
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yes, yes, yes and it is probably a better choice than a sunfish, since it has a standard marconi/bermudan rig, with a jib and main, rather than a lateen rig. More info on the boat available here.

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From the pic's Dog posted, it looks like a fun boat and I would think it would make a great learning platform.
Small boats are excellent to learn from because if you make a wrong move, your going for a swim. You will learn real quick this way. I would look into how easy it is to right this boat from a capsize. Looks like it should be a piece of cake. Stand, pull on the dagger board just like any other boat in this catagory.
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And it should fly on a reach!

Just remember that the winds can shift in a hurry on inland lakes. And build in a hurry, too.
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It reminds me a lot of an O'Day Javelin 14 for some reason. My friend is looking at getting one for her kids to use...

Update: She bought the O'Day Javelin... I guess I'm a bad influence.
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