Originally Posted by Filmsomething
I think I'm going to have to sell the Jeep and get a truck, I WANT A BIGGER BOAT!
I ran thru the same process. I hate people telling me what I should do so I will tell you what I did - YMMV
When I initially purchased my AMI 7.0 it was purchased because I could tow it with my existing truck. A 96 Ford Ranger which has about the same capacity as your jeep.
During the prep for the third season of use - my wife made a comment something to the effect of "if you want me to come with you more often, we need more space inside" Thus was launched (quickly, I might add - before she could change her mind
) The search that ended with the purchase of our Grampian 26.
I had to buy a trailer and a truck to pull it. The trailer has 10K capacity and the truck is rated for 10K also. Boat plus trailer weigh in between 7.5 and 8K, depending on what is in the boat.
The boat is stored behind my house during the winter thus saving the expense of marina storage - break-even on the trailer cost vs marina storage is right at 4 years. Plus the boat is right where I/we can see/touch/work on her ('tis a family + friends project - but that's another story)
If I were to do it again - I would go right for the larger boat - Let's call it a MAX trailerable concept. What sailboats will fit? Any under the max trailer width of 8' 6". This includes the CD25/27, Alberg 30, is 3 inches over at 8'9" beam - but you could be sneaky, The Triton 28 is a good one. There are probably more that would fit - the more recent racer inspired boats with beams between 8.5 and 9.5 feet or so would work also - but a permit would be needed to move it over the road. (Here in Indiana an over width permit for over 8.5 but under 10 feet costs $10.00 - Just need to put the wide load signs on and go - no escorts needed - YMMV by state.)
Choose well Pilgrim.