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Re: What kind of sailboat is best to learn on.
From teaching our kids and others - and watching the results as most of them are now adults, I would say - the smallest sailboat that is big enough to be stress free for someone first experiencing sailing a boat, alone..
So this ideal boat would have to increase for the size of the learner. But the best boat (in my experience), would be small enough to feel the sailing forces; you're a part of the motion and forces of the wind and water in a small enough boat.
It's easy to learn how to sail. Anybody can do it. If you want someone to become passionate about sailing, that's harder to teach, or give, if that's even possible at all.
Of the kids I've seen that learned how to sail, they don't all get the passion. You can almost look back in time and see the ones that acquired a passion for sailing very early after they sailed a small boat. These kids are easy to pick out on the water by how they and the boat seem to be connected.
Sailing is pretty simple with kids. It's more complicated for adults.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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