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The problem with going with a lot of the smaller trailerable boats is that they won't have the same systems, even on a limited scale, that your future larger boat would have. Many trailerable boats won't have a true marine head—having a porta-pottie instead. Many won't have an inboard diesel, using an outboard as an auxiliary motor. Many won't have shorepower systems and very few will have refrigeration of any sort.
You've really got two separate questions here:
Question 1 is: "What small sailboat, preferably trailerable, should I get to learn to sail on and use for the next few years?"
It would seriously help if you said where you were located. In many areas, getting a trailerable boat is a necessity, in others, you could easily keep the boat on a mooring or in a slip and gain much more sailing time by doing so. Having to launch, rig, de-rig and haul a trailerable boat makes short afternoon daysails almost impossible. My boat, even though it is technically a trailerable boat, is kept in the water for just that reason.
This is really the important of the two questions, since the wrong choice of boat to learn on will effect your sailing in the future.
Question 2 is: "What boats are comparable to the Hunter 41DS?"
I wouldn't bother even asking the second question until you're about ready to buy that boat or its equivalent, as the available boats will probably have changed somewhat.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 03-30-2009 at 08:48 AM.