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I dont agree with any of your boat choices its clear that the Hobie FX 1 is the perfect beginers boat
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Although no-one has mentioned it, why not ask your instructor which boat is best for you? They'll be able to assess your sailing ability, what your strengths are and what sort of progress you're capable of. They'll know the most about you as a sailor and have the experience to advise what is the best route and be able to advise you best on what is quite a crucial decision.
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You guys are great thank you very much for all your comments have loads to think about now
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Apr 05 at 8:44pm

Helen B!! Keeps us posted!! Let us know what you chose, how you got on with it, how soon after the first launch you capsized (  if it hasn't happened, you're not trying hard enough ). Better still, post pictures! You can on this thread - click the  and browse through your sailing files.

I'm looking forward to see the results . Enjoy!!

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At 9 1/2 stone you would be fine for a Laser Radial, very strong second hand market. Please do not think you have to be an Olympic aspirant to sail one, the class has over two thousand members but only a couple of hundred boats at events, so this means there must be a lot of sailors who simply sail for the fun of it!
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What boat have you sailed in for your lessons?
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I am learning on GPS14 which is not a lot of use to me when I am on my own. Now just had lesson 3 and sailed away without an instructor on board......yes!!

Lesson 4 to go then off into the blue on my own. What a great sport, really looking forward to getting my own boat and learning as I go how to do things better.

At the moment the Topaz is looking good, know some off you have said no, but I like the idea that it is single when I want it, but can take two if I find someone brave enough to join me

But it is early days yet and I have lots of research and trial sails to do, exciting !

Once again thank you for all your input really is appreciated.

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where are you learning helen?


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Chelmarsh  SC near Bridgnorth, Shropshire and this is the club  I think I will join, great setting and a friendly bunch of people. Also only 35 mins from where I live, so that's a great plus point.
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Why dont you get a proper boat!!!get something like a miracle seriously this will be great for learning in not too powerfull and if you get into it you can get a spinnaker for it and go racing plus loads of room for a passenger.The only thing I can think against it is maybe a little heavy getting up the slipway but sailing clubs are allways full of strong young men so you can always flash your eyelashes.Also most are made of wood so take someone with you who knows what there looking at but if you look after it shouldnt be a problem.I sailed its little brother the mirror and they are both great boats for learning the ropes.I remember winning the midlands when I was 10 in winds gusting to about 50-60 mph and never tipped up once .Allthough I did have a top helm.Going a bit off topic kids today seem to think that mirrors are ugly and slow but believe me we won a lot of handicap/pursuit races in ours and it was always exciting trying to get to the finish before a 505 blasted past.God I'm sounding old !!!Lasers are great but to be honest theres not much to them and you'd quickly get bored!!
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