Originally Posted by rowzee6
Your Tartan sounds great. However, I need to store the boat in my yard. Hopefully, once I'm in the water my husband will love it as much as I do. He loves his 32 ft Trojan. Here's wishing we wont be a 2 boat family for too long.
So you need to store it in your yard.....and you want your husband to love it too....
He will fall in love with it if it is in the driveway where he can putter around in it anytime the mood strikes, just give him the time and the easy access from the garage where he keeps his tools.
Something trailerable with a class 3 (5000 lbs) tow vehicle may suit your needs if you have a class 3 tow vehicle, many SUV's fall into this category. A water ballasted boat makes it even easier to qualify for class 3 towing since you can dump the ballast for highway travel. There is nothing wrong with a water ballast sytem, it is just a bit more corky on the water than a lead keel boat and you may notice it more in a shallow bay when the waves kick up but you do learn to get comfortable with it, you won't flip over.
I suspect the Trojan is a power boat and that your husband is a power boat fan, if that is the case and you do not wish to be a two boat family there is a compromise available. I own one!
I have a MacGregor 26M powersailer, it is a hybrid, a sloop sailboat with a 50 HP outboard (you can go 60HP or even 90HP
) on the back and can serve both sailor and powerboater alike. It has a retractable daggerboard keel and rudders to negotiate shallow waters and with the ballast empty can reach speeds of 20mph with the outboard.
As a sailboat it can sail as easily as most in its' class and you could sail in the 4' of water with the daggerboard half way down and rudders down but that is cutting it close, I have been in water that shallow and it is a bit un-nerving to realize that with only six inches of clearance that the rudders could hit bottom and break. I have the daggerboard line marked at that depth so that I can have it dropped to the same depth as the rudders and it will ground before the rudders hit. I would prefer to just motor out with all fins up to where it is a bit deeper, then set sail. You can get them used for a decent price if you look around, they are very popular among the trailer sailor crowds and they also have good resale potential. The MacGregor is not for everyone but it is worth taking a look at, I quite enjoy mine.