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Old 01-04-2010, 12:28   #1
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Hello, Shipmates

Hello, Cruisers.

I'm new to this forum, but not sailing. I'm teaching my nine year old son to sail and my primary reason for joining is to find that boat. For several reasons I'm looking for a Polaris 26, or similar. Key attributes: small for handling, very shallow draft for daily sails on the upper potomac and... those beautiful lines.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-04-2010, 13:27   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, John.

Good on you, for passing your skills (& love) on to the next generation!

Hope you find a nice Seafarer, or similar centre-board.
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Hi... and Welcome.. dunno if your into cats but you cant beat one of these for shallow draft at just 16 inches.. fast and can sleep 4 to cosy 6 below and two on top with a well designed dodger/tent..
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I'm teaching my nine year old son to sail and my primary reason for joining is to find that boat. For several reasons I'm looking for a Polaris 26, or similar.
Small is relative. I think those that want to learn - will. They just need the chance to get out there to get the concept of what it is. A Flying Scott might do as well. Sailing is a mostly about showing up. I can't see you making a bad choice.

It's not really about the boat. If it's the fun, they will get and like it too. Being smaller is closer to the abilities of a young sailor. Feeling the response it what I think they get or they don't. I have no clue why. If they get it, you can get the big boat later and enjoy it too.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:34   #5
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So true

Thanks, Paul
You are absolutely right on all points. We sail the scotts out of a local marina now and enjoy it thoroughly. By my plan a 26 footer will be the next step to venture down river and out to the bay. After that... I guess the ocean's the limit.

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Hi... and Welcome.. dunno if your into cats but you cant beat one of these for shallow draft at just 16 inches.. fast and can sleep 4 to cosy 6 below and two on top with a well designed dodger/tent..
Haven't learned to love cats... yet. From the looks of this site there is a loyal and loving following. I grew to love long overhangs and two masts while teaching at the Naval Academy and have been trying to get back to that since.

That said, I hope I'm never too old to learn something new and now just might be that time. Sure like the looks of that boat on that beach!

Thanks for the reply.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, John.

Good on you, for passing your skills (& love) on to the next generation!

Hope you find a nice Seafarer, or similar centre-board.
I'm looking forward to the search and even the ultimate compromise.
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Old 17-04-2010, 12:02   #8
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. A look at the links after my signature might help your search but you might be looking for something trailerable?
Those old wood Luders Yawls the Naval Academy had were a thing of beauty. When I qualified as crew aboard one in Coronado we had to keep one person below bailing constantly.
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Welcome to the forum John.
You may want to post a "Wanted to Buy" add in our Classified forum...its very popular.
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If you like the Polaris 26, you should expand your search to the Sailmaster 26. Both are Bill Tripp designs and they are almost identical boats, all the way down to the centerboard.

Great gunkholers for your area. I'd want to stay away from a wooden mast, however, on a centerboard boat. Were some made with aluminum masts?

Regardless, welcome to Cruiser's Forum.
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Welcome to the forum John.
You may want to post a "Wanted to Buy" add in our Classified forum...its very popular.
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I did, James. Thanks.
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If you like the Polaris 26, you should expand your search to the Sailmaster 26. Both are Bill Tripp designs and they are almost identical boats, all the way down to the centerboard.

Great gunkholers for your area. I'd want to stay away from a wooden mast, however, on a centerboard boat. Were some made with aluminum masts?

Regardless, welcome to Cruiser's Forum.

Your right. I have been looking for her sister, a Sailmaster, but need to post that here as well. Other than the obvious added work involved, I'm curious to know why the wooden mast (with centerboard) concerns you. Is it a center of buoyancy issue?
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. A look at the links after my signature might help your search but you might be looking for something trailerable?
Those old wood Luders Yawls the Naval Academy had were a thing of beauty. When I qualified as crew aboard one in Coronado we had to keep one person below bailing constantly.
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Some of the boats I'm looking at are trailerable. A nice Bristol 24 has caught my eye lately. Thanks for the links. Very informative.

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