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Old 23-12-2020, 22:41   #1
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Good starter boat

Hi again,

So, I've been looking at small sailboats that might be a good starter boat, that won't break the bank, and might last me a little while before I'd want to upgrade.

I found one that I think might fit the bill, but I'm not sure if it's just a little too big for a first sailboat (complete newbie).

What do you all think of an old Tanzer 22 as a first learner boat?

https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/tanzer-22

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Old 24-12-2020, 00:18   #2
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Re: Good starter boat

I don't see anything wrong with a Tanzer for your first boat except that it might SEEM overwhelming at first in terms of size or having to handle two sails. I remember when I was a kid learning I avoided any boat with a jib because they scared me, I wasn't sure what to do with that other sail out in front! I did a lot of my learning on an El Toro and then a Laser then Capris and Victories (I know those names probably don't mean anything yet, I'm just pointing out I moved up in boat size slowly.) And then the first BIG boat I got was 24'!
The Laser is a blast and super simple and you'll learn all the basics of how a sail makes you fly, and once your confidence is up then you'll fearlessly try bigger boats. It's a boat I'd still love to have!
But back to your question, I think the Tanzer is a good choice too!
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I’ll preface this by saying I have about 1/10th of a percent of the experience of most of the folks on here…

But I’d say that sounds like a fine starter boat to me. My friend has one and reports it sails nice (I’ve never sailed on it). I started on a Hunter 23 knowing nothing and feel like I was able to learn a lot and never felt like it was too much. It was still small enough so I could overcome many mistakes by “manhandling” the boat…during docking, handling the lines, etc. I made A LOT of mistakes. I’m currently looking to move up to something a bit bigger.

FWIW, I’d say after you buy your boat (and take some starter lessons), just as important is to choose when and where you sail. Starting off preferably in a protected bay or lake on days with somewhat light winds (idk...10-15kts)…particularly if you’re solo. Hopefully, someone will come along and correct me if I’ve said anything really dumb
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I’ll preface this by saying I have about 1/10th of a percent of the experience of most of the folks on here…

But I’d say that sounds like a fine starter boat to me. My friend has one and reports it sails nice (I’ve never sailed on it). I started on a Hunter 23 knowing nothing and feel like I was able to learn a lot and never felt like it was too much. It was still small enough so I could overcome many mistakes by “manhandling” the boat…during docking, handling the lines, etc. I made A LOT of mistakes. I’m currently looking to move up to something a bit bigger.

FWIW, I’d say after you buy your boat (and take some starter lessons), just as important is to choose when and where you sail. Starting off preferably in a protected bay or lake on days with somewhat light winds (idk...10-15kts)…particularly if you’re solo. Hopefully, someone will come along and correct me if I’ve said anything really dumb
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Re: Good starter boat

Where will you be sailing, Traveler? Your location on your profile isn't completed.

That said, Tanzer 22 will probably be fine for your stated goals. Up here on Lake Ontario, a lot of sailors use them for weekenders (meaning coastal cruisers that you live aboard for weekends and sail in short hops to local harbours roughly 25 miles or less from your home port during the daytime).

Good luck!
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