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I'm stuck: comfort or speed?
I am stuck on how to get back into the sailing (and sailboat owning) life. In my 20ís, I spent a lot of time sailing, working on, and living on boats. My own boat was a 28í Albin, which I liked very much.. But the boat got too expensive to maintain both in and out of the water. And so we parted ways.
Now I am looking to get back into sailing, but this time I am trying to avoid as much of the expense as possible. So I am looking at boats that I can put on a trailer Ė not so that I can tow it around myself with any frequency Ė but so that I can store it in my yard in the winter and dry sail it from a club with a hoist in the summer.
I also want a boat that would be comfortable enough for myself, my wife and my young daughter to use for week-ish-long cruises in, say, New England, the Chesapeake, Lake Champlain, maybe the 1000 Islands. We would probably spend a few nights and take a few meals off the boat, but I donít want anything so cramped that the nights we spend at an anchorage would be a struggle.
And finally, I (am pretty sure that I) would prefer a boat with an inboard. Getting the point from our home lake to other cruising grounds will mean a couple of days on the New York State canal system, and some of the places I intend to cruise donít seem all that amenable to an OB.
So now I have converged on two kinds of boats: either something like an S2 7.9, or something like a Com-Pac 25. Now before you roll your eyes too far back in your heads, I know these are very different boats. (For instance, the New England PHRF for the S2 is 168; the Com-Pacís is 243: I was also thinking about a Seaward 25, until I found out that it rates something like 270!) But I am having difficulty figuring out whether to trade-off performance for comfort or vice versa.
And yes, I know that the best way to figure this out is to sail both boats, and lie down in their berths. But there arenít many boats in my immediate vicinity, and so I am trying to make the most informed guess I can so as to make the most efficient use of the buying excursions I will have to make. Are there people out there who have spent a week on something like the S2 with their family and come out smiling? Are there people out there who enjoy tweaking sail trim and have tried to consistently make it from one anchorage to another on something like a Com-Pac 25 and come out smiling?
Any thoughts and/or experiences would be much appreciated.