Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chicago area
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What is the size of boat you are looking and your budget?
Size limits are to what is trailer-able. Budget should be limited to around $10K used. In theory, I could go much higher on budget if the sailing concept was more palatable to the rest of the family. In other words, I could afford more, but for something that only I enjoy, it should not consume that high of a % of available funds. DW sort of got interested in the concept of a power sailor because she does not like to be so dependent on something so fickle as the wind. But if it is a dog under sail, what is the point? Anything moving less than ~4.5 knots gets pretty boring for the rest of the family. Trimoran could be perfect, but way beyond the budget unless I got real lucky. Boat needs to have at least a cabin where one can sit fully upright. (not that I was interested, but a Capri22 cabin is too short)
I had been previously interested in the smaller Beneteau's Firsts, but after seeing a larger First at a show, I was very unimpressed with the quality of the interior. Don't have enough experience about boats to judge the exterior and rigging, but if the interior construction was any indication, I was disappointed. Was made like a cheap RV.
RL 24 NEW to me April 25th 2014
AFC 17' 2+2 (sold in 2012)
Sunfish project boat
Sailing a large boat on a small lake is very tacky.