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Looking for a shoal-draft trailerable...
I'm thinking about a boat and would much appreciate ideas, suggestions, and general comments. My criteria for that boat look as follows:
(1) Must be easily trailerable. Let's say under 23 feet with a reasonable beam.
(2) Must be able to fit four adults and two kids for a daysail. At the same time, it must be amenable to singlehandling.
(3) Must have shoal draft and ideally be beachable. I like gunkholing and staying for the night in uncivilized places.
(4) Must be seaworthy in that much of its time will be spent in coastal waters. Obviously I don't expect an offshore boat, but it must be able to handle chop and waves reasonably well.
(5) Must be pretty :-) That's pretty subjective, so I'll say that I like northern european type boats (e.g. classic scandinavian boats) -- long flowing lapstrake/clinker hulls, double-enders or wine-glass transoms, this kind of thing. I don't particularly like boxy or chubby boats.
(6) Must be able to do well in light air. Speed-wise, I don't expect it to plane, but it should be able to get to hull speed without much problems.
(7) Must have some kind of a cabin. I strongly doubt that the female members of my family would tolerate extended time on a fully open boat. The cabin will be not so much for sleeping as for privacy and shelter. I'm fine with camp cruising. In the usual trade-off between the cabin size and the cockpit size, the cockpit is more important.
My location is North-East (USA) and my budget is around $10K.
Seems it has to be a monohull -- small cats are too wet/exposed and small tris are either too small (Windriders) or too expensive (Corsair's F-24s). I prefer wood to plastic given that I'm not living in the tropics and the boat will live on the hard anyway, but realize that a the availability of wooden boats that fit my criteria is very very limited. I am not much interested in racing.