Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mass. and RI
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I am speaking only for myself, but if I had to trailer I would not have bought a boat (which, BTW, I just hauled home yesterday). It's a bit like skiing (which I also do)....when you are a distance away from the mountain, it becomes much more of a PITA.
Since I live near the coast, I have other options if I didn't own a boat. For instance, there is a non-profit sailing center in Newport where I can rent 19's and 22's dirt cheap (at least compared to ownership).
IMHO, murphys law comes into play very quickly when there are more actions standing between you and the water.
But, like anything else, it depends. If you are going to trailer and then lauch and spend 1 or more full days out on the way, it might be worth while. Or, if you got a smaller boat which could be launched and rigged in 1/2 hour, then a 2 or 3 hour day sail might be fun.
I'd go for the slip if at all possible!
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