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post #5 of Old 09-30-2008
BarryL
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Hello,

The main difference between the two boats is that the extra size and weight of the bigger boat will make it much more difficult to trailer. My first boat was a Catalina 22. I trailer sailed it the first year. It was a real hassle to step the mast, connect the boom, launch the boat, etc.

The 22' boat is small and light enough that one or two people can easily do the work to rig and launch. It will take you about an hour, but you can do it. It can also be towed with a minivan, small truck, suv, etc. By the time you get to a 25' boat, it's going to be much harder to step the mast, launch, tow, etc. You will also need a real truck to tow it.

There are people who tow 25' boats (and bigger) but they are pretty rare, and for a reason.

IMHO, if you want to trailer sail a boat, start with something in the 20-22 range.

Good luck,
Barry

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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