22 to 24 for new couple
I have a Venture 24 (old Macgregor ) that is easy to launch on the lake . It draws 18 inches with the keel winched up . I have no mast raising system so it takes two to step it now but with a winch on it I could do it easily by myself . Boat is light enough to be responsive to the ever shifting winds on the lake and is still teaching me on every sail . This is an excellent boat to learn on with a minimum investment that you could recover when you sell and get a larger boat for cruising .