I concur with Dennis.G, capt. bobfm, zydecotoad, sww914, who explicitly stated, and others who hinted, that learning
to sail on a dinghy
is MUCH quicker and more thorough than learning
on a big boat because you get immediated feedback on your actions: Speed picks up when sails
are trimmed correctly; speed falls off as you turn downwind, etc. Capsize
recovery drills (a key element of ASA
sailing classes) are very difficult on any boat longer than 20 feet (3 meters). That said, there is nothing wrong with buying
a bigger boat ONCE YOU KNOW HOW TO SAIL. Our first boat was a 30 foot Ericson
, which we kept for 20 years. Then we jumped to a 43 foot catamaran
for cruising. Shortly after buying
, we picked up a 9 foot Holder Hawk for the kids
to sail while I was deployed.
Sea Yawl Later makes a good point about meeting people, too. (Post #32)
Your plan to learn on a dinghy
while refitting the Formosa
sounds like the best of both worlds. The best of luck to you.
For Zeehag: Our owner's manual states that our boat (FP Belize 43
cat) is designed to handle 60 knots of wind
. I do sincerely hope that I NEVER get to test that statement, though. After having sailed down the coast of Oregon
with only 25-30 knots and 12 foot seas, I shudder to think what the ocean would look like in 60 knots, especially after a day or two for the waves to build. The wind
doesn't scare me that much - the waves resulting from those winds can easliy breaks things, though.