Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: Noobie--Just purchased my first boat: Holder 14
Great boat to learn very forgiving... Vagabond 14, and Holder 14 are the same boat. The rig is simple learn but complex enough to give you skills that will transfer to other larger sloops.
After taking a swim a few times and learning to right the boat you'll have first hand knowledge why it's not a big water boat. Big water, doesn't mean NO fun, because that boat will plane with the right encouragement, and can chisel a smile on your face that'll be hard to remove for days.
My good friend bought a vagabond 14, when I bought a Capri 142. Very equivalent boats in performance. It was fun to setup mock races and learn the boats weaknesses together.
You WILL have a lot of fun, and island bumping and tent camping shorelines with it are certainly doable. But our collective prediction is 2-foot itis will get you sooner rather than later, and you'll be bucking for your first keelboat before you know it.
Recommendation from someone who has been there though... Keep the Holder 14 as well. There are those days when its just nice to grab the small boat, and slap it in the water, and go tearing on a reach out in a 20 knot warm summer breeze kicking up a wake on a 14 foot sailboat. That kind of raw skip like a rock type of feeling is sometimes lost as the boats get bigger.
Enjoy the boat.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA