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Old 20-07-2015, 09:36   #46
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

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Now, now, don't tease the OP, he won't know you are kidding. The mega was the worst boat ever made by C&C.
Yeah that's probably true! Might be fun for gunkholing though! IF you could find one if good shape.. a big IF!

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Old 20-07-2015, 13:06   #47
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

For a rugged, inexpensive, well built production boat, with shallow draft, you can't beat a Tanzer 22! There's an active class association, so lots of support. There were thousands built. And the swing keel model draws only 24"!!!

I owned a fin keel version back when I wore a younger man's shoes. And it was great. 2 quarter berths, vee, and galley. Also, they sail very fast...which is always can actually get them planing and do ridiculous speeds.

Plus they are very inexpensive.

Here's a few at random:

1978 Tanzer Swing Keel sailboat for sale in New Jersey

1981 Tanzer 22 sailboat for sale in New York

1981 Tanzer Day Cruiser sailboat for sale in California

Wow...there are just so many of these for sale. Like I said, I owned one, and it is a great boat. Ugly, yes, but a lot of boat for a 22. There are famous for their durability and well as their speed. Also, for a small boat, it has a huge and comfortable cockpit...which is where you spend all your sailing time anyway.

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Old 21-07-2015, 10:08   #48
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

I know a fellow with a 30' or so catboat with a 630sf sail -- pretty much the same size as my own mainsail on my 30ton schooner. That's a lot of sail on a little boat. And he sails alone all the time on his catboat. A lot more confidence than the average sailor, I guess. At least much more than I have!
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Old 23-09-2015, 15:46   #49
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

I just found this boat on Craigslist Tampa & thought of this thread. This would be a great boat for the Crystal Beach area.
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

Hi Hamburking, You can do anything you put your mind to... After 20 years of building and sailing 16 ft catamarans,, and staying on the beach for another 15 years I decided to get back on the water with a 36 ft Morgan Ketch.

It WAS A GREAT DECISION. and have not regretted it. If I can do it at the age of 70, anyone can do it. If you have any concerns get the original owner or the broker to go out with you a couple of time.

Good Luck and have fun...
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Old 24-09-2015, 14:58   #51
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Re: What do you think of this boat for a novice?

I owned a compac 23 and it was a great boat with a shallow draft. I would go with a compac for a mono(2.7 ft draft with the rudder up) or a cheap cat for Crystal river area. Great shallow gunkholing.
BTW- you can make a great self steering for the Compac with about 20 usd. Works as well as a 4000 windvane. (Ive had both)

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