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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 18 at 8:59am
All good advice, so generally a good stable boat for two people is fairly heavy to manoever on the slip and hard standing by one. Watch sail area and make sure boat has sufficient additional boyancy, including a mast head bag, to help in any capsize issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 18 at 10:00am
That probably sums it up nicely  Smile I'd add that the buoyancy must be built in and that you can have a smaller suit of sails than the standard 'racing rig' (I used to use a suit of Firefly sails on an Enterprise for teachingg my sons).
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Might be worth thinking about the location you fancy sailing in first and where you are going to store/moor it.
If you intend to join a sailing club choose this first its best to get a boat that is already in the club and get their advice and local knowledge.
They might have a fleet, members will help more and if it does not work out or you find its not for you chances are someone local will buy it off you.
This narrows the options down.
I hope this helps.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 18 at 7:46am
Sounds like a good plan, find a local club and sail what they sail. Maybe hire a club boat before investing in my own
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Marinesupplies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 18 at 9:17am
Its the best way choose the club as they have local knowledge and sail boats that are more suitable for the local conditions. It also helps to integrate into the club and build confidence with helpful guidance.
If they hire club boats its a great way to trail the club out with little commitment. Most clubs do the RYA Push the 'Boat out Day' or 'Try Sailing' free sessions in May/June.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Feb 18 at 8:17am
There appears to be a number of sailing clubs on the isle of wight, anyone have any recommendations or experience of them please?
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I'll back the idea of following the club classes. One club near here only allows certain classes so if you don't have one of those, you're out. Most clubs have a selection of classes to suit a range of tastes from family plodder to speed machine. Probably there will be a few boats for sale and once you fancy something more exciting you can probably trade up within the club.
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