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Buying a boat?

I think everyone that wants a sailboat for a weekend get away are kinda in the same boat as me. I think of what is easy to get in and out, my wife likes the hunter 33; but I want something I can trailer so I would not have to leave it at the marina! Plus it will lower the cost, I am liking the Trimarans but they are expensive ! My wife likes them to I think I have her thinking we are going to spend near a $100,000 thousand for our first boat! My thought is that i want to get something safe and fun and something that I would not want to get rid of it for something bigger and wish I would have waited for something bigger! so I thing if we start looking at 33 foot I should be alright, for a long time I always wanted the Hunter 37.5 Legend, But after I had a ride on a Corsair 24 I think that change me!

I am still in deep thought here, because boats are not cheap and want to make the right choice!
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Where are you located? It might be worth looking at some of the larger tris and seeing how your wife feels about them. Even if it cost a bit more initially, the ability to trailer and store the boat on the trailer would reduce your on-going costs in general. Also, it would allow you to take the boat to places that you might not be able to sail to. For example. I've taken my boat up to some of the larger freshwater lakes nearby... just for a weekend or a week... which I couldn't have done with a monohull keelboat that provides as much room as my boat does.

Yet, we went out in conditions on Saturday that kept a lot of the monohulls my size in the harbors. Gusts were up to 35 mph or so... and we had a blast.
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We would be going to Lake Erie, we were just up on Geneva on the Lake and there was Marina we checked out it was very nice are you around Lake Erie? For 35 knots of wind did you have to reef what did you do to keep her flattened?

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Generally, for that much wind, we'll have the genny furled and the main double-reefed. However, since we were sailing downwind most of the time, we were sailing under just the double-reefed 150% genny, with the mainsail furled.
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