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Old 12-05-2015, 10:49   #46
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Re: What's the best kind of sailboat to buy for a beginner?

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Just what we used to have on SF Bay, great bay boat. We sailed it off the trailer during the winter and took it to Clear Lake for the summers.
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:35   #47
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Re: What's the best kind of sailboat to buy for a beginner?

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Also, I'd take the weight specifications with a pound (not a grain) of salt. That figAdelie -ure is the design weight. As actually built, at least in the early years of Catalina 22 production, they were considerably heavier.

Whatever your experiences were on SF bay, they are a special case, SF is known world wide for heavy winds so as a stiff boat the Cal does very well there but everywhere else it sails about on a par with the Catalina, that's why I found the national base ratings. Tahoe is not a heavy weather Mecca like SF and those ratings would be more indicative of relative performance there.

I do take the listed weights with a grain of salt, but for comparing relative weight they do just fine unless one has knowledge that one builder overbuilt by more than another.

Once again the OP's tow vehicle will probably be the key issue and boat and trailer weight the deciding factor.


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Re: What's the best kind of sailboat to buy for a beginner?

Take a deep breath, step back and let the OP respond with questions or comments.
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