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It depends. Trailering a properly designed trailer sailer is not all that much of a pain. Doing it with a boat that is designed to be moved on a trailer once in a while, is a different story. A good trailer sailer will have an easy to use, reliable and simple mast raising system, which a trailerable boat will not.
If you have a boat on a trailer, and it takes you two hours to rig it every time you put it in the water, I doubt you'll be sailing it much. If you have a proper trailer sailer, and it takes you twenty minutes to rig it each time you drop it in the water...then you'll probably be sailing it a lot more.
The better trailer sailers tend to have a trailer design that allows them to be easily launched from a variety of launch ramps. The sort of trailerable sailboats generally need a fairly deep and steep ramp to be launched, and will have problems on some other types of ramps.
I don't know enough about the Ranger 22 that you are interested in. Does it have a swing keel or a fixed one? Etc..
Then there is the whole issue of a proper tow vehicle for a trailered boat. Do you have one that would work? Is it worth it to you to have one that will work, especially given that the gas prices are heading north of $3.00 per gallon and likely to stay there for some time.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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