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Old 03-09-2008, 04:34   #1
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Back to sailing after 25 years

Hello everyone, I am Khalil from Egypt. Used to do a lot of sailing till I was 30. As I have not touched a Sailing Boat for the last 25 years. This summer during my vacation, I saw a dingy catamaran for rent on the beach. Could not resist it, got it for a couple of hours on the sea in a very rocky water, capsized in the deep water with my wife. Took us terrific effort and may be half an hour to right it. I kept renting the boat for almost every day during my two weeks vacation. Now, planning to buy my own. Very pleased to join your forum and looking forward to get your help in buying a good catamaran.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:53   #2
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Welcome Khalil... you'll fit right in around here... all sorts of capsizers on these pages...
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:21   #3
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Aloha Khalil,
Welcome aboard! Good to have you here on the forum. Hope you can find your special boat soon.
Kind regards,
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:37   #4
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I would agree with you that an 18' beach cat is right if you plan on sailing with four adults. I owned a Hobie 16 for many years. Although it could carry four in light to moderate wind and sea conditions, two adults was the maximum payload when performance sailing, or when the wind was up.

As far as righting a capsized 18 footer, I would imaging you'd need at least two good sized people. I could not right my 16 alone unless a boat happened by and helped by lifting the mast tip out of the water to let air under the mainsail, or by pulling downwind on a rope tied to the upper hull. The Hobie 16 manual said that it takes 250 lbs hanging on the righting line to bring it upright. Perhaps the manuals for the boats you're looking at will have advice for you.
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