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Re: I got a sailboat for my birthday.
It sounds like you have a wonderful wife. Cherish her for all of the right reasons, but while you are at it, appreciate her for supporting your dreams.
The Rebels were co-designed and originally constructed by Ray Greene. Greene was a real pioneer in fiberglass construction. Ray originally adapted designs from popular wooden mid-western one-design classes (racing boats which are essentially the same so that they are racing on a comparatively level playing field). The Rebel was one of the first of his designs which was designed to be constructed in fiberglass. These were a popular day sailor, one-design race boat, and were used in sailing schools and junior sailing programs.
The design is pretty conservative by modern standards and so should be a reasonable platform to learn to sail on.
That said, the Rebels are not self-rescuing, meaning that they fill with water if you capsize and you need a tow to shore to drain the boat out. That is less than ideal for a beginner, but many of us dinosaurs started out sailing on non-self-rescuing boats and most of us are here to talk about it. Seriously, you will need to be more careful when you start sailing the Rebel than you might need to be with a self-rescuing design.
Ray Green produced high quality fiberglass work for his day, but things were pretty crude in those days. Ray Greene closed shop in the late 1970's and the Nickels Boat Works began producing them. I don't know much about Nickels except that I sailed one of their JY 15's and thought it was very nicely made and very nicely finished.
Best of luck to you,
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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