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Originally posted by Stefan Lloyd

There are people who like to sail but don't much like to swim. There are people who like to swim but are scared out of their wits by capsizing. There are also those happy souls whose idea of a good sailing session is a dozen capsizes. Different strokes for different folks. If you don't wish to capsize, Wayfarer or keelboat is the way to go.


My fear of being trapped underwater is worse on a keelboat. I know dinghies capsize more often(!) but I still feel happier on a smaller boat without a cabin.

Having said the Wayfarers are good for learning....you'll need 5 friends to help you pull the damn thing up the beach. They are heavy!
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Originally posted by Mister Nick


Maybe go with something like a Wayfarer (Dinghy)? Not
particularly quick, very stable (People have sailed the
channel in these things).

They've sailed a bit further than that- Frank and Margaret Dye sailed to Iceland in one- they wrote a book about it. Mindyou, that's not exactly beginner sailing.

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Originally posted by alstorer

Originally posted by Mister Nick


Maybe go with something like a Wayfarer (Dinghy)? Not
particularly quick, very stable (People have sailed the
channel in these things).

They've sailed a bit further than that- Frank and Margaret Dye sailed to Iceland in one- they wrote a book about it. Mindyou, that's not exactly beginner sailing.



And a well known dinghy racer has just done a lap of the uk in one...
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Dinghies are generally easier to tow, rig and launch and are cheaper but will give you the inevitable capsize.  You dont mention where you sail, but pop along to your local sailing club for a look around and chat.  Avoid dashing out and buying the first boat you see.  it is best to try a few out and then decide.
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