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New To Sailing....Again
I'm new here, so please move this to the appropriate section if this isn't the right place to ask my questions.
My wife and I took sailing lessons about 10 years ago. We had a 16' Rebel that seemed a bit too "spirited" for the noobie to sailing that I was. It freaked me out when it really heeled over hard in a puff, so I thought I might get something more sedate. We ended up with a 14' Widgeon, but it didn't seem very stable, and was quite cramped, so we sold it too and quit sailing. That was about 7 or 8 years ago.
Since we're both retired now and have some free time, we thought we might give sailing another go. I, at least, would go through a sailing course again as a refresher, although it might be better to say it was starting fresh.
We would be day sailors, trailering to lakes nearby. I have a limited-range right arm so I'd want something that was easy to rig. We would like something with at least a small cabin so there's somewhere to get out of the sun for at least part of the day when it gets really hot. We might also like to do an overnight occasionally.
I've found a 16' Compac relatively closeby and wonder if that might be a good choice for us? I have no desire to "race"....I just want a boat that's stable, easy to rig and sail.
A second option might be a small, inexpensive (<$1000) boat that doesn't have a cabin, just to give sailing another go, and to see if it's really something we'd enjoy. I don't know what kind of "open" boat would fit the bill though....one that would be big enough to be stable, but not so "spirited" that it would be a white knuckle experience.
I'd rather get what we "think" would be the right boat the first time rather than the two-step method and have to go through selling/buying again. I'd say our price point is something under $4000. The Compac is listed on craigslist at $2500 and seems that might be a good way for us to get back to sailing.
I'm open to suggestions in general, opinions of boats, and recommendations.
Thanks for having me aboard and "Thank You" in advance for your input.