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Mike and Mike, thanks so much for your response and thoughts... I am looking for a used as opposed to a new boat... One huge blessing is: I have wonderful helpers with doing trailer launching, but I did find our macgregor 26s to be a little difficult for launch and recovery, requiring a team effort and prior planning to bring everyone's schedules together ... Trailer sailing is a temptation I can't resist in this area... we have so many fresh water lakes close by in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana... not to mention two wonderful bays in the Sabine "Lake" and Galveston Bay - and finally short jaunts into the Gulf of Mexico on what we call "candy days." I live fairly close to the Port Neches River which feeds into the Sabine Lake and the Gulf of Mexico - the river offering nice, wide-river sailing possibilities down to the lake and Gulf. Candy days means: a little wind and light swell. A lifetime could be spent "gunkholing" in this area. I will be looking into the other various trailer sailers but can't seem to escape the Potter 19 as the most viable choice for cost, versatility, etc. I am happy to hear improvements can be made to improve a boat's ability to point.
The particular MacGregor I had would not point well when the wind got over 18knots or so... This is why I am making a careful choice this time for a trailer sailer... Now, my Bucanneer 18 is a great daysailer, and I can't part with it. However, we miss staying on the water overnight... One night I took the Mac26 with my family to lake Sam Rayburn in Texas... It was clear and cool and the stars were out... We launched after dark, and anchored out in a cove. The kids listened to water noises until midnight and we just giggled and had a hoot of a family time, then we slept late. When we finally woke... Two fishermen were looking at us like, "where in the sam hill did a sailboat come from and what is it doing here...?" That, my friends is the beauty of a swing keel trailerable craft. I suppose I am looking for a smaller overnighter with better responsiveness, trailerability (launching/retrieving) and performance than my previous boat.
I appreciate the thoughts and responses thus far. I have some other boats to consider, but the Potter 19 keeps coming to mind. (I am trying to adjust to the aesthetic of the boat, and have this feeling I haven't exhausted all the possibilities of trailer sailing for cost effeciency, performance, aesthetic appeal... you know the endless quest for the perfect pocket-cruiser boat.)
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Last edited by SHays; 09-08-2008 at 10:40 PM.