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Boat Recommedations Trailerable Daysailor Primarily ~22'
OK, I think I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm looking for in terms of requirements / attributes. Just need to translate this into specific suggestions.
First of all, I'm located in Cape Cod, MA near the "elbow." The boat needs to be easily trailerable so I can dump it into either Cape Cod Bay (a large body of water) or Pleasant Bay. I would plan on local towing with my Chevy Tahoe. It must have an easy way of raising mast single handedly. I think it needs to have a shoal draft 2' or less because of shallow waters at low tide in Pleasant Bay and in order to launch off moderately-sloped trailer ramps.
Boat will be primarily used for daysailing with inexperienced crew. So I'd like a large cockpit and smaller cabin. Cabin should have capability to house head even if a portable. It would be nice if cabin could sleep 2. Sink, stove top, etc unnecessary.
Need to be able to sail her single handedly, if necessary.
Boat should be low maintenance. Would prefer cabin that can be hosed down if possible -- in any event, the less fabric and headliner, the better. Don't care much about aesthetics of cabin.
Would prefer well-made boat with limited possibility of water logging of any cored panels. Boat should be able to handle coastal waters with aplomb (if, for example I wanted to sail from Cape Cod Bay to Boston).
Ideally, boat would be faster than average, able to point well but not at expense of loss of too much stability (given use with inexperienced crew).
Boat would need an outboard to power out of Cape Cod Bay harbor channels at low tide and to get into "deeper waters" of Pleasant Bay.
Oh, and my budget is around $5k - $10k, more or less, for boat, outboard and trailer.
So here's a summarized recap of attributes:
Trailerable, shoal draft, around 22'
Ability to raise mast single-handedly
Large cockpit / smaller cabin with head able to sleep 2 infrequently
Low maintenance / easy cleanup
Well built hull / able to handle coastal waters in moderate conditions
Able to sail single handedly, if necessary
Small outboard capability
Preference towards utility vs aesthetics
Good sailing boat, no slugs please
Although I'm not sure how important this is, my sailing background is somewhat limited with little recent activity. I do own a Laser which I used to sail in the Hudson. I also crewed on J-24s and Sonars out of the New Rochelle area of LI Sound and I did some sailing on larger boats in the Caribbean and did become "bareboat" certified a ways back. But I never explored the market for the type of boat I'm looking for now.
Also, I'm very handy with both mechanicals, wood working and electricals, so I'm not concerned about addressing any repairs in these areas.
Well, TIA, for any recommendations. Pls let me know if I've left any important requirements out of list above.