Originally Posted by jmunson2
'Course, the big question is: What kind of sailing do you plan to do?
My brother just bought a Bayfield 25. It has a 3 foot draft. We've got it down at Breezy Point at the moment. The draft is good for most places. However, if you are looking to get into the shallower areas (like parts of Cambridge), forget it for the most part - you'll want a more shallow craft. 'Course, you'll sacrifice some stability for that, but what do you do?
I'd say between 3 and 5 feet is where you'd want to stay based upon my observations and calling around to marinas for mooring. 5 feet is going to be tough to get slips (or, rather, inexepensive slips), and 3 will be easier.
Of course, going with a multihull might mean that you can get into those areas and not give up any stability at all.
My trimaran draws less than 18 inches with the centerboard up, and only a bit over four feet with the centerboard down.
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