Owner 4knot sb.
Join Date: Jun 2007
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Re: Decision to Make
J/27 is a fixed keel... on an inland lake with a steep ramp it's possible to trailer launch (not fun, but possible). The J/27s had "some" problems with core rot (just be thorough, not impossible to fix). I believe the B25 had similar problems, plus there was some "keel wobble" in the B25.
Trailering adds another level of "fun" to the mix. Trailer maintenance is fun in itself.
Working on your own boat at home DOES have it's advantages for sure. Its the reason I was able to do a complete bottom job, and topsides last winter.
What many people miss with sailing is the balance of "fun" versus "want" versus, "work."
I tend to maximize my fun, and minimize my work. My WANT is something that is incompatible with the other 2. I mean I WANT to be ocean racing/cruising, but my time limits my ability to do that. But sailing is FUN in itself, even without the ocean, so I sail local, so I can go sailing 3-5 times a week, landlocked. Also because of this, and that I live in the snowy NE, my lake is solid for 5 months out of the year, so trailerable is also part of the equation. With that, and that there is no shore power, leaves me with a day-sailor... So if we already aren't really overnighting much, might as well be FAST!
So the balance (for now at least) is to sail local, day sail, and forgo the larger water part of my want.
B25, and J27 are similar "day sailors," that you can camp on in a pinch, but that's about what it'll feel like (tent camping). Capri 25, J/24, S2 7.9 (slighty larger inside), J/80 and such are also good to consider in that same realm. Then there are the Lindeberg 26, Evelyn 25, and Kirby 25. All of these will be substantially sportier than your C&C, most are trailerable in one way or another.
As far as fix old, then sell, versus, sell outright... well that's your call. You'll likely have a bit of a time selling whichever you do. It's not really a sellers market. I am kind of an AS-IS seller, and am upfront about whatever I see needs upgraded/fixed. In the meantime I still sail!
"Rum Line" a 1982, S2 7.9 - Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.