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Old 01-09-2015, 14:21   #31
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Re: Flying junior sailboat good beginner boat?

I'm going to step out on a limb here and recommend the Hobie 16. I did quite a lot of sailing on FJs, Flying Scots, and Hobie 16s when I was learning to sail. The H16 was the most fun by a mile. The Flying Scots were great campers that you could load down with 500lbs of gear and 6-8 people. The FJs... I never enjoyed. Couldn't carry any gear, couldn't go as fast as a hobie, and were really unstable if the wind was either too little or too much. I'm sure they're very good learning tools, but for the types of sailing I was doing they just didn't do anything right.

Hobie 16s are a dime a dozen. You ought to be able to find one in sailable condition for $500-1000. Flying Scots are more expensive, but would also be a great bet if you've got a towing vehicle that can handle a bit more weight.
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