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Re: New to sailing
Until you have enough sailing experience to know what kind of boat you will want, it really doesn't make much sense to get into any project.
There are so many options; a monohull, a catamaran, a long keel heavy displacement vessel or a fin keel, spade rudder higher performance boat, and a gazillion in betweens. Also, how you will use the boat comes into play. Are going cruising, club racing, live aboard, or not.
Without sufficient experience, you will be fighting an up hill battle in your 'fixer upper' because you won't have the knowledge to choose the proper equipment or materials for each project.
Sail a lot and on as many boats as you can, before you jump into a renovation project on a boat. There is a very good reason why a boat builder makes three times the money a house carpenter does. It isn't just reading plans and driving nails.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 06-05-2015 at 01:11 PM.