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post #3 of Old 07-03-2011
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For bopping around in Hamilton Sound, A Hunter 27 would be fine. So would a J/24, as you're likely finding out. To go outside in either of those boats, you will want to be aware of the weather. Just going from Hamilton to St Georges can be quite nasty if you pick the wrong time to do it. Many small boat owners are inexperienced. They buy Hunters (or some other boat) because they're relatively inexpensive. They then pick inopportune moments to set out, and find (to their surprise) that their boats are not well suited for what they encounter. The boats develop a mediocre reputation because of "skipper error" more than through any intrinsic fault of their own. On land you wouldn't expect a Mini to pull a 40' truck trailer, and there are laws that prevent you from even trying it on the public road. For boats there are a lot fewer man-made laws, but the law of the sea doesn't allow for too many exceptions.
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