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I am going to disagree with the others on this. I do not see a problem with learning on a 30 footer. I think the issue is money vs. time. Just because you have sailed a few afternoons does not mean you will enjoy sailing on the level of a boat owner. The big issue is time. Can you devote enough of it to make a 30 footer financially worthwhile. Bottoms need painting and repairing, teak needs tending, etc. Engines need maintenance. Unless you have the financial means to pay someone to do all this, it will mean a BIG time investment for you Bigger boat = more time.

Boats are slow to sell. If you get into a larger boat and find out it is not for you, it could mean a year or more before a buyer comes along. In the meantime you shell out for insurance and storage even you are not using the boat.

Small boats are cheaper in all regards - except they are harder to sell.
 
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