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Re: Best Trailerable 22-24' Boat?
Are you looking for a boat you can easily haul on a trailer, or a boat you can stick on a trailer for winter? If you plan on using the trailer to expand your sailing venue beyond your immediate 50 mile radius, reconsider a swing keel or keel centerboard. This of course sacrifices blue water ability. I will comment on this category, as I recently worked through which questions to ask. The answers are always individual specific. I chose keel / centerboard because I didn't want to risk limb dropping a swing keel for scraping and paint. I also preferred a shallower draft boat. How many people will you take on a weekend? Some boats advertise bunks for 5, others allow more comfort but are best for a couple and maybe a small child. How much time do you have for maintenance? Many great boats are out of production, and because of age are overdue for a major refit. Many newer designs address mast raising with a crane option. I did what you are doing, exploring online. Spend time at your local marina talking to owners and looking at their boats. I was disappointed in one internet favorite when I finally saw it. Boat shows and shops were also helpful for me, but I don't live in a sailing hotbed. I finally visited a factory to confirm my choice, and bought a factory refitted Rhodes 22 after renting one. Good luck with your own search.