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Old 17-12-2010, 09:22   #1
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Hi from jablgreg in Detroit

Hi all!

Minimal sailing/racing experience on Lake St. Clair near Detroit. New member Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, will sail like crazy next season!

Goal is to be sailing the islands of the Caribbean and Atlantic on my own boat within two years - I'm retiring in May 2011.

Reading everything (using this website and sailnet and guided by the Atom Voyages' Good Old Boat List) and shopping online for a small capable cruiser.

Current favorite (this changes daily, it seems) is the Albin Vega 27.
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Old 17-12-2010, 11:30   #2
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. The Albin Vega is a good one. Pearson Tritons are too if you like that size.
Kind regards,
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Old 19-12-2010, 03:03   #3
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Hi Jablgreg. I found this forum was awesome with information so I hope it helps you too in your quest.
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Old 19-12-2010, 07:30   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, jablgreg.
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Old 19-12-2010, 09:20   #5
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size matters

In reply to SkiprJohn, I'm looking at the approx 27' size for ease of singlehanding, and relative ease of maintenance.
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Old 19-12-2010, 10:14   #6
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Here's a question to consider...

How big can one go while still being easy to single hand and how small can one stay while gaining significant storage?

I'm thinking that 30' or 32' won't be that much different for singlehanding yet provide more tankage, larger battery bank, more room for stores, etc.

Thoughts from the peanut gallery?
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Welcome jablgreg!! I recently joined and enjoy this forum and learn a lot. I'm from Detroit now Battle Creek...I believe you'll get a lot of info here....
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