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a thread back from the dead, but still fun.

I just bought an Aquarius 23, that I am also bringing back from the dead. It is very trailerable, I'll let you guys know how sailable this summer. It does have a lead sole in addition to the swing keel, and is self righting even with keel up.

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a thread back from the dead, but still fun.

I just bought an Aquarius 23, that I am also bringing back from the dead. It is very trailerable, I'll let you guys know how sailable this summer. It does have a lead sole in addition to the swing keel, and is self righting even with keel up.
I also have an Aquarius 23. A 1972 Hull #723. Do you belong to the ayahoo Aquarius Group? A great bunch to share Aquarius info. The 23 is a great sailing boat with a big cockpit and great cabin. Heck, my Catalina 25 friends are jealous of the cockpit and the v-berth!

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Re: Best Trailerable 22-24' Boat?

Wilderness 21 is a Chuck Burns design...thank you.
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I'm partial to my boat. 23ft santana 2023 that has ample cabin room for extended trips, water ballast and swing centerboard. Very easy to tow and step the mast. However, we leave ours in from March till end of November-December here in NJ.
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Wilderness 21 is a Chuck Burns design...thank you.
He said 22-24, so you know 21 (even of your own design) really is outside the requirement, but at least you didn't recommend a Mac 26x

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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.
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