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Barquito
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Congratulations! Looked like a great day out there. You might get all sorts of you-should-have-done-this-or-that advice on this forum. Just remember just about everyone on this forum has been where you are at some point. So, my advice (and I don't always follow my own advice) is to try to have at least two forms of propulsion available at all times. Outboard motors are never reliable. Having sails set up would have been good. On smaller boats, having an oar can be very useful. Also, until you get things a little more dialed-in, leave the kids on shore. You want them to experience the fun part of sailing, not all of the initial growing pains. So naturally, having said this, I must admit that after buying my current boat, I motored into the teeth of a small craft advisory without any sails rigged with my teenage daughter for a two day trip to my home port!
 
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