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Most sailboats are fiberglass these days but if you are looking for a really strong sailboat you are likely to choose steel or aluminum. Fiberglass is fine for normal use but if you are going cross oceans or give your sailboat a hard life metal is best. They are also good materials if you want to get your own design of sailboat built. The reason aluminum or steel are best is that metals are both strong and stiff and when hit really hard they bend - fiberglass and even the most advanced composites will break and even shatter. Then the sailboat will almost certainly sink. A sailboat with a dent in the hull can keep going.
If you want to experience the freedom of sailing and moving gracefully through the water with nothing but wind power than buying a used sailboat is your ticket to getting there. With so many sailors on the water - and owners growing out of smaller boats or down-sizing from bigger boats - there is currently a booming used sailboat market. The sailboat of your dreams may be on sale right now just waiting for you to find her! Buying a used sailboat can be a safe high value bet if you know what to look for. Search for sailboats that were kept for many years by the same owner. This means that even if the boat was not meticulously maintained - though many are - you still have access to the history of the sailboat and what kind of conditions it was exposed to.
There are different kinds of sailboat to choose from. Some people neglect of choosing a wooden sailboat maybe because of the modern technology. But having your own wooden sailboat whether you just want a small one to have fun with close to shore or a larger boat that you can entertain on is a great experience. You will need to make sure that the maintenance is something that is kept up or you have a beautiful sailboat can quickly turn into a money gobbling monster. But for those who starting to live somewhere very cold then winterizing a sailboat is an important part of your end of season work.
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.