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Old 30-03-2008, 14:14   #1
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new to sailing

I am new to sailing and would like to say hello. I also have a question. I am over six feet tall, would an eleven foot sailboat be too small for me?
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Old 30-03-2008, 14:18   #2
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Welcome Desertmonk! Glad you are here. Small boats are a wonderful and afordable way to learn the principles of sailing; I learned in an eight footer. Again, welcome.
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Old 30-03-2008, 14:20   #3
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Hello and welcome to the Forum.

I think the answer to your question depends on two factors--can you sit comfortably in the boat to sail it, and will it carry your weight without significantly compromising it's sailing performance? Both of those factors depend on the specific boat.

If you have a specific boat in mind, you should post information about it, and you'll probably get some responses from folks familiar with that boat.

Good luck,
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Old 30-03-2008, 23:42   #4
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I can buy a snark for $70, seems like a good idea.
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Old 09-04-2008, 15:00   #5
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Aloha Desert,
Welcome aboard!! This is a great place to ask such questions. While very cheap, a Snark might not last too many seasons. If you can find a cheap Sunfish ($350) it might be a better value in the long run. Many parts are available through eBay.
The question about height is not near so important as weight and agility. If you are young and bendable then you can sail even smaller boats effectively. While younger I had a great deal of fun sailing an 8' Sabot and I'm 6' 2" and weighed in then at about 175.
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The earliest Snarks had hulls made of expanded polystyrene (EPS or “Styrofoam”); whilst later versions have an EPS hull clad (inside and out) with a layer of ABS.
I don't think you'd want one of the all-foam versions.
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