I've begun searching for my first sailboat this year. Living in Indianapolis, I'll mostly be on smaller inland lakes. Although I'll probably try to keep it moored on a nearby lake, I definitely need to be able to trailer it easily. It'd be nice to take it out on Lake Michigan, weather-permitting.
My search criteria:
- Trailerable behind a 6-cyl pickup
- Comfortably sleep 2 adults
- Easily singlehanded
My sailing experience so far: Took ASA 101, 103, 104 a year ago on a Pearson 39. Apart from that, just occasional daysailing on Buccaneers and Sunfish.
I'm leaning toward a Cat22. From my research so far, they seem like a good fit, and they're relatively abundant.
I'm a little overwhelmed by the thought of evaluating these boats by myself. I've read the sticky by sailingdog on tips for inspecting boats, and that was helpful. But regardless how much I read, it still feels like a big leap at some point.
There aren't many for sale nearby; most of the boats I've found so far are 3-5 hours away from me, and so I might take advantage of the offers from people here for local buying assistance. Local boat buying assistance
Is it uncommon to request a survey on boats under a certain size/cost? Do surveyors typically charge by the foot? Any other advice?