Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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You should decide if you want a trailerable boat or not.
There are many benefits and disadvantages of trailerable boats.
Some advantages are:
-You don't have to pay anyone to launch, haul, etc.
-The ability to sail in many different areas (lakes, bays, etc.)
-You can bring the boat home to work on it.
-It takes time, effort, and skill to rig, launch, and recover a boat. My first boat was a Catalina 22. It took about an hour from the time we got to the marina until the boat was floating. Same thing on the other side.
-Most (all?) trailerable boats are compromises when it comes to sailing ability. For example, the Catalina 22 has a swing keel. That makes it easy to get on / off the trailer, but the swing keel requires maintenance, and can make noise. Other trailerable boats use water ballast, which must be added / drained, etc.
If you don't have a place to keep the boat, trailerables can be great. If you want a bigger boat (IMHO 25' is about the biggest boat you can reasonable trailer) trailerables aren't for you.
I trailered be Catalina for the first year. And I started to hate it. The second year I got a mooring, so I launched the boat in the spring, and didn't haul it until August (when I sold it because I bought a bigger boat). The mooring made sailing much more fun.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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