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hi guys and girls I am thinking of getting a small sail boat I could use on the merrimack river in lowell ma something I could trailer any suggestions would be great thanks
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I have a 1994 Hunter 26 for sale. It would give you extended weekend cruising, trailer-ability, and comfort. Many options. Call 252-633-9237 if interested.

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I would begin by thinking about what features you want on your boat.

Do you want to sleep on it?
Cook on it?
Porta-potti?
Do you want a motor on it?

Do you want to swim off of it?
Fish from it?
Race it?
How far might you trailer?

You can do all of that on njking's boat. A Macgregor 26 (which I have sailed for 15 years) is also an option and you might find an older one cheap.

I prefer a trailerable that sits low on the trailer which means no fixed keel boats. The higher the boat sits, the further down a ramp you must back to get the boat to float off the trailer.

I like 15" wheels for trailering long distances.

If the kids and I swim from the boat, I want something stable for reboarding.

You get the idea.

There are lots of great boats that fit all kinds of needs.

You might check out the "Trailer Sailor" organization. They have a monthly newsletter with stories by members and classifieds. Google it.

Good luck
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Foxglove has a good set of questions... to more narrowly define what you're looking for.

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