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01-05-2014 12:48 AM
jimgo
Re: Advice

FWIW, the Siren was the kind of boat I wanted when I first started looking 3 years ago. If you ever bring her down to the PA area...
01-04-2014 11:25 PM
bljones
Re: Advice

The Siren is an ideal pocket cruiser. You'll have a lot of fun with her.
01-04-2014 11:18 PM
manitoucarl
Re: Advice

Thanks Jim,

They seem to be a nice little boat, and there's an online community for advice and help, so it's nice.

I haven't sailed a single minute and I'm already thinking about larger trips on the bigger water, Lake Huron, and hence a bigger boat.
01-04-2014 07:04 PM
jimgo
Re: Advice

Oh, that looks like a sweet little boat! I think that's just about ideal from a style/shape perspective. I don't know how well they sail (I'm not familiar with them), but at your stage, I think that looks like a great choice even if it sails like a bathtub.
01-03-2014 03:12 AM
manitoucarl
Re: Advice

Thanks folks,

I eventually purchased a Siren 17, although I won't be able to sail her until next year.

Thanks for your help.
08-08-2013 07:26 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Advice

Simple, not going far, play with the wind (will you be singlehanding?). I say a cat rigged boat (ie a catboat, not a catamaran) is the way to go. Well, I just like them.
08-07-2013 01:30 PM
CalebD
Re: Advice

I had to use google maps to find your lake within an island within a Great Lake. Cool spot.

The O'day day sailor or the Sunfish are both good learning platforms but not so suitable for spending the night on. The Grampian 23' at least has some cabin space for spending the night on board. The G23 & G26 would both be suitable for use on the Great Lake in fair weather. The G26 was a fairly popular boat in it's day.

For simply learning how to sail either the Sunfish or the day sailor are both good choices and wont cost a whole lot.
08-07-2013 02:57 AM
jimgo
Re: Advice

Carl,
You should be careful about relying on ANYTHING I say, especially sailing related. I have a whole two years of boat ownership under my belt, and maybe 50-60 hours of sailing time. That doesn't stop me from voicing an opinion, but it also doesn't mean my opinion is the right way to do things.
08-06-2013 11:31 PM
manitoucarl
Re: Advice

I thank you very much, Jim. Your knowledge and experience has altered my approach for the longer term better.

Thanks again.
08-06-2013 02:04 AM
jimgo
Re: Advice

We had a Catalina 25 on a bay that was smaller than your lake. It was a nice boat with a shallow draft, but after a while the bay started to feel small. I think you'd feel the same way with the Grampian. The beauty of the smaller boats is that they can be fun on much smaller bodies of water. They get up to speed faster, handle lighter winds better, and are a lot of fun for day sailing. If you aren't interested in overnighting aboard (or, even if you are, but you're OK with "camping" aboard the boat) then the daysailstyle boats would be a great choice. Anything in the 14-18' range would be nice, depending on what you can pick up locally. Are you looking new or used?

The O'Day and Sunfish are drastically different boats. For me, I'd go with the O'Day. I like having a place to store "stuff" like coolers while underrway, and I like the idea of an enclosed cockpit rather than sitting on top of the boat. The sunfish are more likely to capsize, too. That being said, the Sunfish is the epitome of fast, fun, small monohull boats. It would be highly responsive, but not as comfortable as the O'Day.

Personally, I'd probably cut my teeth on the O'Day and then see if I liked it and was interested in a bigger boat. I'd probably have a 14-16' if it wasn't for the fact that I sail with my family (and my wife wanted a cabin so our kids could get out of the sun).
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