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Few things in life can rival buying your first sailboat. Sailboats represent much more than a sport or just getting out on the water - they represent freedom and the ability to be one with nature. This is why its a good idea to find a guide to buying a sailboat, to ensure that you will have a positive sailing experience. The first place to find information regarding buying a sailboat is online, where everyday new advice and tips are posted for beginners. Theres a lot to digest, but you want your sailboat purchase to go smoothly so you dont have to face problems later on. Overcharging sellers is one problem facing first-time sailboat buyers. Sailboats can be expensive, but there are always value deals on the market.
While most people tend to think of sailboats as all being the same, there are actually a variety of different types of sailboats in use throughout the world today. The basics still apply to them as far as sails and using the wind to power them through the water, but the features that make them unique offer a variety of different benefits to people, depending on their personal preferences. Many people wrongly assume that the size of the sailboat is the defining characteristic that separates it from other sailboats on the water. While different size sailboat will certainly have different features and provide its passengers with an array of different comforts, its not the size that really matters. The most common differences between sailboats have to do with the number and the position of masts that each ship has, though in recent years, that is no longer the only distinction.
As far as the traditional monhull sailboats that most people are familiar with, the most common of all of them are the single mast sailboats. Also known as a sloop, these sailboats have a single mast that is either set into or stepped to the hull, or the deck of the ship. This mast supports two sails, the mainsail and the headsail (sometimes referred to as the jib). The mainsail is the aft sail and the headsail is to forward sail. The catboat and the cutter are two variations of the sloop. The catboat has the mainsail at the front of the ship and the cutter holds the mast aft and can commonly feature two jibs along with the mainsail. Having a single mast sailboat is easier to control and maintain and therefore is the most common sailboat for schools and lessons.
There are other advantages, too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull, enlarging then slightly, and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still, if you press your sailboat really hard, the bolts can break,and you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing, and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull, so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside, where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers, estuaries and a little offshore cruising, then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further, or you want your boat to be of a particular design, choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats, and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.