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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:30 am 
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We have a waterfront cottage on Lake Sebago (a very large lake) in Maine. I've owned a Sumner 12 dinghy sailboat for 30 years that I moored offshore. Although it was fun at times, the Sumner was never a great sailboat, and it's time to move on. I am looking for a recreational sailboat that can accommodate my wife and myself (both in our early 60s), but I anticipate sailing solo much of the time. I would like a boat that's easy to set up and easy to maintain. I had been looking at the Laser Pico, but I'm now thinking that the Bravo might be a better choice. Our daughter is deathly afraid of sailboats due to a tiller breaking in a heavy wind more than 25 years ago. I am thinking that the stability of the Bravo might help reintroduce her to sailing, at least when conditions are light. I would keep the boat on the beach when we're up, but I'd like to remove the mast and moor it offshore when we're gone. Also, if possible, I'd like to store the boat (without mast) outside during the winter, just putting it on top of the swim raft and tying it down. Let me know what you think.

I have not seen either boat. None of the distributors in the area stock either one.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:27 am 
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Bravo for sure. Capacity, stability, ease of rigging, fun to sail, good for one and two adults... its ALL good.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:19 am 
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agreed, sail with my wife all the time and the cup holders make a nice "happy hour" sail!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:20 am 
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I just traded a Holder 12 (very similar to a Laser) in on a Bravo - our inland lake tends to be a little bit gusty - and I was tired of having to scramble around balancing the boat. The Bravo is MUCH less sensitive to where I sit (in other words, tons more stable!) and it's a delight to sail!!

I'd throw a tarp over it when you store it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:43 am 
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I prefer hobie bravo.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:31 pm 
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I realize we're not quite in Maine... but we're in MA, only a few hours from you and we have a Bravo in stock if your interested in seeing it.

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