First Sailboat

Dex Sawash

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BITD when you called in your classified ad to the newspaper and they hoped you mailed a check later, used to see ads for a Hobby Cap quite often. Favorite ad was for an open bowel speed boat but that one belongs in a PA post I reckon
 

don54321

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IMHO Everybody should start with a Sunfish/Rocket and be prepared to swim. Even good sailors will swim from time to time. It will teach you to sail well, as mistakes are obvious. If you can sail a Sunfish well, all else is easy as the tiller reflexes and sail instincts are all there.
 

Radial4.7

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Folks, thanks for all the concerns. I meant to say Hobie WAVE. I don't know why I wrote '16' instead.

I will still take a few hrs lessons and rent both the Sunfish and Wave before any purchase.

Thanks again, everyone.
 
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Radial4.7

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A question you might want to ask yourself is when/how will you ever capsize on a day with almost no wind and completely flat seas? A further question is will it be as easy to right when the wind is howling, the waves are up, and you're getting pushed towards the rocks?
I will rent and test anyhow, but since you mentioned your concern, will some other boat be much easier to right? I'll possibly capsize a lot when I start.
 

CrazyR

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Hobie Wave is easy to right in any conditions. It is also hard to capsize in any conditions. Just make sure you stay with the boat. It will float on its side faster than you can swim if there is any wind.
 

Radial4.7

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The window has closed to your becoming a rockstar by learning to sail in skiffs. Suggest you get a small keelboat because they are easier to sail, drier, and (basically) don't capsize.
Trolling me? :)

I thought about keels. Not keen about them unless I decide to cruise. Not practical, lots of headaches, needs a dock and etc... If I trailer, then setting up needs a second hand - V6 trucks and such. Forget it. Okay, there are very exciting small keelboats, but then again... I have to be solo doing this.

Yeah, I won't become a rockstar by any stretch of imagination. I'll just have fun. I see myself owning a Sunfish, Wave, Areo, Laser and such along the way.
 

Marty Gingras

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Trolling me? :)

I thought about keels. Not keen about them unless I decide to cruise. Not practical, lots of headaches, needs a dock and etc... If I trailer, then setting up needs a second hand - V6 trucks and such. Forget it. Okay, there are very exciting small keelboats, but then again...

Yeah, I won't become a rockstar by any strecth of imagination. I'll just have fun. I see myself owning a Sunfish, Wave, Areo, Laser and such along the way.
Not trolling. The thread went to skiffs and multis so fast and thoroughly that it had to be said. Glad to see you have logistical reasons to avoid a keel boat, because aside from that I do believe a keelboat would be better for you at this stage. Now go sailing. On anything. Even with other humans. Time's a wastin'.
 

Radial4.7

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Not trolling. The thread went to skiffs and multis so fast and thoroughly that it had to be said. Glad to see you have logistical reasons to avoid a keel boat, because aside from that I do believe a keelboat would be better for you at this stage. Now go sailing. On anything. Even with other humans. Time's a wastin'.
Well, it only went from Sunfish to Wave, both seems to be reasonable beginners. As soon as I get to the seaside, man. I cannot sail on the asphalt. ;)
 


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