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Old 07-21-2012
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Re: Newbie seeks salty dog(s) for some sage advice

The advantage of a trailerable is flexibility- if you like trying different venues every week, or the option of driveway docking, then it's viable- the downside is that you tend to be less impulsive in your sailing. Because it takes time to prep the boat, launch the boat, step the mast, etc., (and if you forget one thing at home like the rudder, gas for the outboard, the goosneck pin, etc., you're not sailing) you're less likely to simply sail on a whim when you get home from work...
which is why probably 99% of all trailer sailors end up with a mooring or slip within three seasons. So, you can cut out the middleman and sail more often now with less frustration by just getting a slip. You can satill pull your boat out and drop it on the trailer for those times you want to try someplace else by going to windward at 60 mph, and you're boat is always ready to go when you are. yeah, it's more money, but it's still cheaper than golf, divorce or couples therapy.
Rather than focusing on a specific boat, style or brand to buy, focus on your specific needs and a specific budget. then, simply find the very best boat you can find that has most of your needs within your budget.
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