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08-06-2009 01:42 PM
ceol nacra 5.2, still have it, i am now 38.
19 years old

nacra5.2>M16 scow>Elite 29 CB

08-06-2009 12:33 PM
WhatTheFoley Technically... 23yrs old 26' Fiberform (it was Dad's but if I didn't own it, it would have been Mom's).

What I consider my first boat is my CAL 31' that I bought when I was 27yrs old.
08-05-2009 09:59 PM
redcobra 23yrs old. Bandit 16 daysailor.
Now on my 6th boat.
Bandit 16>CD Typhoon>CD 25>Cal 29>Alberg 30>Pearson 39Yawl
08-05-2009 05:19 PM
slippery 17 years old and a Finn. In fact it was one of the original timber ones with Andre Balashovs Boyce mast and Musto rig combo that won at the olympics... wayyyyyyyy back.

I wonder were it is now???
08-05-2009 01:54 PM
LookingForCruiser My first sailing experience was on a Sunfish. I was 12. My grandfather had bought it, and gave me some epoxy, glass tape, and a brush, to repair a hole in the daggerboard trunk.

I dutifully repaired the boat as instructed, and went out with my aunt, who knew how to sail. It took about 5 minutes to sink.

It was another 10 years before I sailed again...
08-05-2009 12:30 PM
ramminjammin First sailboat ; 50 years old, a 1975 Tartan 30 tall rig
Anomaly renamed Old Sting

08-05-2009 11:48 AM
Sabreman The first boat that I purchased was a GP-14. I was 26-ish.

The first boat that I sailed was a GP-14 that my Dad built. I was 10.

Lots of boats between then and now. All sail.
08-05-2009 11:36 AM
DDBOWDOIN I have yet to purchase my own boat, started this year at 24 years old on Laser Zuma.
07-27-2009 09:09 PM
I'm 53

I'm 53 and she's a 1982 Balboa 24 that I just got this spring. I'm still figuring her out and I'm having a blast doing it. I think my wife's enjoying it too.
07-27-2009 08:43 PM
casioqv I'm 24 and bought my first sailboat a few months ago: a 1974 Catalina 22 swing keel/pop-top for $800. It needs a bunch of work, and I live in a condo complex where I have it parked in the parking lot!

My wife thought I was crazy at first, but now after sailing it with me, she's excited and helping me restore it. We're probably another $1000 into it now with an electric outboard, new headsail, some fiberglass repairs, and work on the trailer. Probably another $1000 in materials will be necessary to make it a nice trailer cruiser for long trips, but we're already using it for daysailing on local lakes and had it in the ocean once.

The trailer needs a lot more work than the boat itself. I am finding it almost impossible to find the correct parts to rebuild the wheel bearings, and I the tongue is so rusted I can't extend it.
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