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looking for a trailer sailer

I am intrigued with small boats. Not just because they are easier to care for and they can easily be towed behind most v-6's. A small boat is all I can afford. I have been looking extensively at 19" Potters and at Marshall Cats (used of course). I have read that both makes are reliable and lots of fun while not having lots of maintenance needs. As well, I am not mechanically inclined. Any thoughts on the above boats or any other models?
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You should check out "Small Craft Advisor" magazine. I own a trailerable 25' but have never trailered her. There's something to be said for getting a small boat under way without crew or much fuss. An outboard keeps the mechanicals at bay too.
Also, Trailer Sailor - The Online Resource for the Small Boat Sailor - Trailer Sailer is a great resource.
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I'd second getting your hands on SCA. It's a good magazine that focuses on boats smaller than 25' or so.

I like the Marshall Cats. i've never sailed a WWP but know several who have them and love them. Another series of boats to look at is Com-pac.

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The Precision line of small boats are also worth looking at.

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I know, nobody likes production boats, but Catalina and Hunter both might be worth looking into.

A little more spirited daysailor (No weekending or overnighting) would be the Flying Scot.

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tj - the owner of Sailrite trailers his Flying Scott between Indiana and Florida every year.

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S2 made a great line of trailer boats, I think tho the smallest is 22 feet , search for "S2 6.7" in Google (link won't post ok here).

For a number of years I used my brothers Boston Whaler Harpoon Boston Whaler Harpoon Sailboats and found it a true pleasure to sail. Very well built, easy to handle, and the wide beam both makes the boat amazingly stable and provides room for four adults plus a whole bunch of kids. This boat is a gem and you would never regret - we frequently sailed it out in Mass Bay, that is, the ocean.

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For a number of years I used my brothers Boston Whaler Harpoon Boston Whaler Harpoon Sailboats and found it a true pleasure to sail.
I had no idea there was a Whaler Sailor.
Sailnet has tought me one more thing I didn't know.
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A business partner, back in the early 80s, bought a Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 so his son could learn to sail. I think we spent more time on that boat than his son did. It was a fun but very forgiving daysailer.

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