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Your First Sailboat: How to Find and Sail the Right Boat for You
by Daniel Spurr
Can a keelboat tip over? Can I take a centerboard boat onto open water? How can I determine what boat I want? Once I do, what's a fair price to pay for it? Should I buy it new or used? How can I tell the difference between a used boat and one that's used up? This book answers these questions about selecting, maintaining, and using your first boat.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 11th 2004 by International Marine Publishing
(first published April 12th 2004)
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A bit dated, perhaps, and it would have meant a lot more to me if I could have actually BOUGHT a sailboat after reading it, but alas, it was not to be. I did get US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, though. Lots of fun rescuing that drowning boat cushion whilst singlehandedly sailing that 27-foot Catalina in a circle.
Good book that points out many of the things to consider when looking for a sailboat. Good comparison of buying new or used. Lists many of the things that help you tell a well-made boat from something less and many things to tell you if a boat is used or used up. Valuable reference that doesn't go out of date.