Its true. 14's too steep for a 25 of that vintage, especially without a trailer.
your best bet is to go and check one out in person with the person you are going to sail with.
Also, do yourself a favour and find a friend that knows about sailboats and have him or her check out your prospects, to ensure that the boat is well equipped and well taken care of.
if you're going to spend the summer on it, consider that essentially you will be camping in a hard plastic tent that moves around while you sleep. Also, remember that sailboats generally don't move too quickly, and that is something to think about if you're planning to run the length of a great lake and back. think about fuel if there's no wind, and shelter when storms arrive (and they will)
Honestly I don't wish to discourage you, but forewarned is forearmed, right? I'd rather scare you a little now and know that you were successful with your challenge later.
figure out where you will anchor, moor or pull into a dock for the night along your trip, figure how long it will take you to get between those places at 8 km/hr., then add 40%
some questions to ask:
does it have room to stow all your gear and provisions?
does it have a useable head (bathroom) -how often will you have to pump it out?
are there stress cracks in the hull, the deck, at the attachments for the rigging?
are there any blisters below the waterline in the hull? (you won't
know if it's in the water already)
is the bilge dry?-- does it leak around the windows or thru-hulls when it rains?
when was the last anti-fouling paint applied to the bottom?
some other equipment to check for:
bilge pump - condition
sound signaling device(s)
throwable floating rope
first aid kit
flares newer than 2006 -minimum of 6 2-star type
VHF radio (and learn ho to use it in an emergency) and a cellphone
portable waterproof gps so you can report your lat/long to whoever your friends onshore are (be smart and file a sail plan with a responsible friend, and check in daily)
up to date navigational charts of the area you will be sailing (so you won't run aground)
consider your bathing conditions - jump in the lake with a bar of soap and shampoo?
consider whether or not you need a boat with a bimini top for protection from the sun.
that's all i have for now.
you will find the sailing community friendly and helpful. if you don't know something, ask!
See you out on the water! Best of luck!
Last edited by modul8; 06-09-2009 at 10:43 AM.