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Old 21-08-2014, 22:01   #46
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Re: Learn on a Dinghy or Keelboat?

I'm late to this discussion. And I'm not going to read all of the responses. Learn on a dinghy. Any dinghy.
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Old 22-08-2014, 07:40   #47
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Re: Learn on a Dinghy or Keelboat?

Depends on the goal:
- If your goal is to become a racer, dingy makes sense as it accelerates the learning process and teaches subtelties.
- If your goal is to become a cruiser, especially if there is a partner who is less sure about the whole thing, a big boat makes more sense. Dunking a reluctant spouse a few times when the dingy flips is a great way to kill the dream. Most cruisers aren't constantly tweaking the sails. You need a basic understanding of how it works and how to do it safely. After that you can refine your skills if you feel the need for greater performance.
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Old 22-08-2014, 09:51   #48
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Re: Learn on a Dinghy or Keelboat?

If you want to accelerate the learning process, get the dinghy. Nothing hones the skills like a skittish, over-canvassed open cockpit day sailor.
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Re: Learn on a Dinghy or Keelboat?

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If you want to accelerate the learning process, get the dinghy. Nothing hones the skills like a skittish, over-canvassed open cockpit day sailor.
And nothing is worse for a rank beginner to learn on!

The dinghies to which I refer are not skittish nor over-canvassed, and they are quite forgiving in terms of being capsized. Things like the various O'Day Daysailor types, and their many similar companions in the marketplace. This sort of vessel is a great learning platform and won't throw your spouse and kids into the water.

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Re: Learn on a Dinghy or Keelboat?

36 ft gaff rigged racing sloop commissioned 1903. clifton crane. no one elses will do. it must be this and only this as no one else is able to sail a freeking boat.

get real
it doesnt matter what you learn to sail on, just that ye learn to sail if you are going to go sailing in a boat of your own. hell you dont even have to learn to sail.
just hire a delivery skipper to deliver you from point a to point b to point c etc, as some i have met are doing.
what ye learn on has nothing to do with how good you sail now, guys. get over yourselves.
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