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I need help finding/choosing the right boat.

I loved sailing as a kid, and had a somewhat diversified background with a dad who owned an Oday 30, an uncle who raced cats, and a friend who sailed a lazer. I hadn't sailed in about 15 years until labor day - a buddy of mine was given a slightly damaged Gloucester 11 (like a lazer) and we sailed all day long. I really got myself into some trouble, because I now have the bug again.

I have a very large shop, and ultimately want to build my own boat, but in the meantime, I'd like to repair or fix up an older boat to sail around. I live in a town that is surrounded by water (Mathews, VA) right on the Chesapeake Bay, and have access to about four different boat ramps within 15 minutes from my house. What I'm looking for is the biggest boat I can haul with a trailer, and somewhat easily rig up to sail. It would be nice if I could get a boat that could sail across the Chesapeake so I can visit some friends on the bay, and have somewhat of a cabin to spend the night in. I'm guessing a boat between 22-30 feet would be great. I also want a boat that has sleek lines. I'm not afraid to spend some time fixing the boat up. I enjoy working on boats, but don't have a ton of money to spend. I'd also like a boat that I don't have to worry too much about flipping and losing in the middle of the Chesapeake.

Any help or information about boats would be great. I know I'm going to be looking around for a while. I'm just at the very first stages of the search.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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If you're serious about building a boat, you might want to look at this website here or here. One is for monohulls, the other multis...

Until such time, if you're interested in a multihull, I'd recommend a trailerable sport trimaran, like the Corsair 24, 28, 31, or the Telstar 28, which is a better boat IMHO...but I own one.

If you're interested in a monohull, your options are pretty good too... Catalina 22, 25, Compac 19, etc... however, you'll probably be on a smaller, much slower boat going the monohull route.

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Wow some really neat designs there SD. I might actually take a stab at building one of those myself. I was originally set on a Glen-L 15 but I think I like these better.

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The Glen-L designs are easy to follow etc, I built an 8ball and a Glen L 12 as a teen, Step dad built the 21CB. Last weekend I saw a TNT at the local YC cruise. ANYONE that I know that has built a Glen-L design, has not had any problems.

You might also look at some of the stitch and glue places all in one kits, depending upon what you want to build design wise etc. There are at minimum 6-10 that I can think of places for plans, kits etc.

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