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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!