Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Richmond, VA
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Re: Looking to Transition from Dinghies to Keelboats
You are correct, 12k# means no bouncing, and may in fact damage the dock, or much worse, the $500,000 boat next door.
It would be a crime to NOT have a boat in such fantastic water as the San Juan Islands. A C28 or even a C30 are great first boats and should provide the ability to resell when you're ready for something larger. Singlehanding shouldn't be too difficult, particularly if you invest in a tiller pilot. A boom tent will make life afloat nicer in the wet NW weather and a tip I heard is to extend it full width so you can keep side windows open during rain.
It's a good idea to check out any associations for the boat you end up looking at. They will typically have good buyers guides for known trouble spots (bulkheads, leaks, keel bolts, etc.). A marine survey is always recommended and may be required by your insurance.