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it's important to understand the diffence between these concepts:
1- a small boat, no balllast, open. Capsizing, swamping-
B. Self bailing ( does water drain after righting?)
C. All small sailboats (centerboard, daggerboard) capsize
D. Part of learning to sail these boats is learning to right them, and sail home safely.
2. Keelboats are a little different:
A. Bigger (18'+)
B. Self righting
C. Harder to trailor - weight
D. Almost no "newbie" builds one?
ok, so -
you can build boats - surf wooden boat, boatbuilder, etc.
You can learn to sail. Try it, read about it, understand basics.
You can live the dream of sharing sailing with younger people (your kids)
you can learn to sail on the CR. Current, traffic, cold water - stuff.
You learning to sail, teaching kids to sail, building a boat, deciding what kinda boat - all cool.
Asking which boat - good idea. You'll know a lot more about that after you learn to sail.
Thinking about what kinda boat you want - all part of the game.
There are lots of older boats out there. Some good, some toasted.
Ya gotta stay close to home - as you start learning to sail. If ya haven't actually sailed with "sailors", start slow. Slow means: your gonna learn about safe/unsafe. Your gonna learn that you're not sure what to do.
The idea of a novice taking kids offshore (CR bar, N Pac), small open boat.....
If wanna hear about learning to sail, ask that.
And - it's cool that you're asking.