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post #8 of Old 05-16-2010
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I used to sail a Venture 24 by MacGregor. Macs were designed as an entry level boat to get families started. They were great for that but were generally built very light and didn't have many frills. Mine was over canvassed, under ballasted and had no provisions for reefing. The rigging was just one step above hardware store quality.

So the first thing I did was add a bigger rig, optimized the keel and rudder, beefed up the hull and deck where it counted. It weighed 2300lbs, had ~500lbs of ballast, over 300sqft of sail. It would make 10-11knots on a broad reach with 10knots of wind but that boat just about put my wife off of sailing forever...

Catalinas, SanJuans, Santanas etc were all in the same class but built much better. In this economy you should be able to find a pretty decent trailer sailer that won't need a ton of work for cheap. I recently bought a Cal25 with trailer for 1k.
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