How do you envision your usage of the boat? Do you want to overnight, or are you just looking for a solid daysailer? How many people will you be taking out? Are you starting from square one as far as learning? Depending on the answers to these questions, you may want to look at other models of boat. There are a lot of options (trailerable) that may cost much less and that may suit you better. Not that I have anything against the Bayfield (in fact I know nothing about it). There are some very knowledgeable Great Lakes sailors on this site that would be able to help you. I would be leery of a "sluggish" boat.