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Most of us started out somewhat intimidated by the boats we sail. I know this has always been true for Linda and me. Size is a relative thing and if you are starting out on a 35-foot (10.6-meter) yacht the boat handling may be daunting, but then quickly becomes second nature. The same holds true as you move up (or down) the size ladder.

Fortunately, the principles between yachts of differing size remain the same. So, once you have mastered a dinghy for example, what you have learned there will stand you in good stead on a moderate-sized ocean cruiser.

Needless to say, the way towards proficiency is practice—under sail and power in a variety of light-medium-and heavy-air conditions.

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