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Old 08-22-2001
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To trailer or not?

Hi,

I''m getting back into sailing after a ten year absence. I used to sail a Sunfish on a lake in New York but never anything bigger than that.

Now that I''m married and have a family (3 girls under age 10), I would like to buy a bigger boat for easy sailing off the coast of Connecticut in Long Island sound. Mostly day trips but if everything goes well, perhaps several overnighters a year. Since this is going to be a family boat I''m more interested in comfort than performance.

Just so you don''t think I''m going off half cocked, I have signed up for Colgate''s sailing school next month, and don''t plan on buying a boat until this winter or early spring.

The reason I am posting this is I''m having trouble deciding between a trailerable boat with a swing keel, such as a 25'' O''day or Catalina, or a larger boat that will have to stay at the marina. I would like to find something between 10 and 20 years old and under 20k.

Any suggestions for my first ''big'' boat?

TIA Tom
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