Holder 14 to learn on?
This is actually my first post on this forum.
I am just getting into sailing and was originally looking at some Catalina 22's and what have you but I think I may want to start on a small daysailor before I move upward.
It seems the small daysailers on craigslist go quick and not many on there. I recently found an add for a 84' Hobie Holder 14 that appears to be in good shape for $1k. I am curious if this would be a good monohull to learn on in small inland lakes.
That would be a great boat to learn on.
Some start on larger keel boats, some start on small day sailors, (which meet their needs/wants forever, or they move up).
Nice and simple, easier to trailer around, store, almost no maintenance with the smaller day sailors such as the Holder 14 leaves more time for sailing with less hassle-
It might be a good idea to do a internet search to see the going asking price for a used one of these-
most important/useful piece of advice I've ever gotten regarding boat selection: in the end, you'll sail what you got. which isn't particularly inspiring or definitive, but it helps me remember that the sailor is more important than the boat. If the thing is in good condition, and has a price you are comfortable with, you can't go wrong.
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Good price. I paid $1500 for an '88 holder. Really depends on where you live too and going price. I have seen them up to $2000 or so.
Holder 14' would make an excellent learning platform.
As donlofland said, your ongoing costs will be marginal.
$1K sounds like a pretty good price.
I recently got my own very first sailboat to learn on - an old Dolphin Sr - also a 14' boat. It seems to work well, for smaller, inland lakes with little traffic (first time out.) On Lake of the Ozarks, though... I spent a little time struggling with oft-changing wind directions, frequent, tho short calms, etc, simply sailing back and forth a few times in an inlet, before I decided that a narrow lake like that, with such enormous high-powered motor traffic volume, was a bad place to practice. I'll be back to the little 100 acre lake near home, for my future practice sails.
-All Wet, Newbie sailor on a Dolphin Sr.
wups, quick edit & add: Oh, yeah. The dolphins seem to go cheap; I got mine for $300, including the trailer. Many seem to go for around $500 or so.
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