I am thinking of migrating from power-boating to sailing with the wife and two teenaged kids. We're down by Portland, Oregon and have spent countless hours motoring about on the Willamette and Columbia in our 19.5ft bow rider. We've always loved to camp and drag our boat with us then it dawn on me.. I figured why not camp on the water??? A trailer-able sailboat would open up new horizons for us, mostly thinking the San Juans just north of us about 3 hours drive.
Well, that leads to my question to what boats may fit this criteria:
1) Total towing weight < 6500Lbs - As big as I can legally tow.
2) Sleep 4 people comfortably
3) Cockpit large enough for 4 without being "in the way"
4) And I guess a pet peeve would be I'd like to be able to stand
down below, or as close to it as possible. I'm 5'11" My son is 6', but his
back is good.
5) < $10,000 - That way I'm out very little selling the power boat, but not a
Basically I'm looking for a pop up tent that sails.
I am aware of the Macgregor 26s/x/m, and admittedly I love the room in the 26X and it's layout.. but as I have read on these forums many times, I think I'd like to start off with a real
I guess what I'm looking for is a "MacGreggor 26X Upgrade". This boat has to exist...
End goal here is to get the wife from drinking winecoolers in the bow of a power boat to learning to sail with me. Hopefully if all goes well, and winning the lottery, we'll be cruising the world in one of those Hylas 56's that's on the first page of every Cruising World magazine I get...