Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chisholm, MN
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Want to get into sailing...
...but don't have a clue as to what I should be looking for. I've always owned powerboats, but would really like to give sailing a try. The following list is what I'd like to have in a boat:
NEEDS to be a shallow draft hull, swing keel, I frequently pass through channels 2-3 feet deep, end of the summer depth can be < 2'
I also need to be able to pass under low bridges to access the other four lakes on the chain the boat would be docked on so, the mast needs to be easily raised/lowered
I'm thinking 18-22 feet, as large as 25 wouldn't be out of the question if it fit the program, cabin, I will have 2 kids by next summer, a three year old and an infant, would like to have a place for them to nap and get out of the sun while on the lake, overnighting is also a possibility for my wife and me
She should move nicely under power as well as sail, I could see taking her out for a quick sunset cruise only using the outboard fairly often, especially with the kids
Needs to be trailerable
Since this is my first sailboat, I don't want to break the bank, under $10,000 possible?
So, that is my wish list. Like I said, I might be completely dreaming to think there is something out there that would work for me. If I am, how close can I come to that list? What will I have to sacrifice? Thanks for your help.