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Small Trailer Boat

Well, I'm getting close to buying my first boat. I am looking for a sailboat which:
-Is under $2500
-Weighs less than 1200lbs with trailer. I need to trailer behind a 98 Honda Civic until my daughter gets her license. Most trips will be less than 20 miles.
-Fits in a 25' garage. The mast length is probably the limiting factor.
-A monohull sloop rigged boat is preferred because I think sailing this will be an easier transfer up to my ideal boat.
-Centerboard or swing keel for easy trailoring.
-Would like to fit 5 when running in light winds. In heavy winds, only 1 or 2 people will be in the boat.
-No desire to race, just get out and sail easily with my kids.

My experience is limited to a Sunfish, but I want to go bigger.

Any boats come to mind?
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One of my favorite family boats is very close to meeting all of your requirements.
The Flying Scot.

Mast height is a little long for storing in your garage.
I'm not sure your going to find something that is an exact fit.

I know new, they are a bit pricey. Don't know if you could find a used one to fit your budget.

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Second the Scot

As you can tell from my avatar, I own a Scot, and highly recommend it for what you describe. Finding one for $2500 is doable, but won't be easy ... be prepared to do some work on it. Scots hold their value well, though, so it's not unusual to sell for as much or a little more than you pay. Visit fssa.com and take a look at the used boat listings.

The Scot and trailer weigh about 1250 pounds all up, a little less if you get one with an aluminum trailer. I tow mine easily (short distances) with my 6-cyl Accord. My Scot fits in my conventional two-car garage diagonally, with about a foot to spare. I keep my mast pulleyed up to the ceiling, also diagonally.

See the movie at flyingscot.com ... the boat fits your requirements beautifully.

Drop me a note offline if you have any questions.

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O'day daysalier would also be perfect for you, a little smaller than a flying scot, but with a larger cockpit, seating 5 would be no problem. The mast will fit in your garage.
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Regarding the Daysailer, Mike is right. It's a little smaller, but built well, a good "family" boat, and there are many around. It could easily fit your needs, too.

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