Well, hello everyone! This is my first sailing forum. I will begin by saying that I am new to sailing and have yet to purchase
a sail boat. Unfortunately this summer I won't be able to as I will be heading out of the country for work and won't be back for several months. So I figured I would learn as much as I can about sailing and the types of boats that are out there until I return. That way I can make an educated decision on what boat I will buy when that time comes.
These questions are the basics to the basics. I know absolutely nothing about sailing but I want to learn and have had a desire to learn for quite a while now. Only recently I have been financially stable enough to pursue this dream.
I am hoping this is the right area under this forum to be asking these questions, if not a little direction would be greatly appreciated.
So, to begin; my first question really is a basic question and I feel a bit silly asking it.
I've noticed that there are different types of sailboats. I see daysailers, cruisers and racers. I've also seen references
to cruiser racers. I feel this question is the best one to ask right off the bat as it will help me to understand what is out there. What exactly is the difference between these and are there others?
I've been browsing boats over kijiji and other sites such as boatdealers.ca and sailboatlistings.com. From what I have seen is that I'm really not interested in anything smaller than a 25' boat. But I don't want to go any larger than 27'. As a beginner sailor, would this be too much for me? I guess you would have to know a little about me first to really answer that question. I am a quick study and very athletic. I don't tire all that quickly. If I don't know how to do something I do some research
and then do whatever it is I can with relative ease (to stroke my own ego
I don't think I would have any problems being able to handle a boat of this size but an opinion on others first experiences would be help.
Keels: I'd rather not leave my boat at a marina if I don't have to. I'd like to be able to trailer the boat so a swing keel
or dagger board would be ideal. What is the big difference between them and pros and cons to them? I believe I read somewhere that mentioned a centerboard
too, again explanation?
I will leave it at just those 3 questions for now. I think that will be a good start for me. I do have more questions and I know that from the answers I may get from those of you on here I will come up with more questions.
Thank you to everyone for your time!