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In desperate need of advice.

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I am looking for a on or two sail big sized dinghy to a small sloop. I need something that is in the 4000- 6000 range. I also need it to be a lighter boat. I have looked at some laser and hobie models but just not really sure. Any advice please, and please give the company name!
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I would recommend you get Steve Henkel's book, The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats, which covers 300 boats under 28' LOA.

It would also help if you said what you're trying to do with said sailboat. Are you looking for a daysailer or a small cruising boat with a cabin, head, and galley? There are a lot of boats in the $4000-6000 price range that would fit either category.

Do you want a trailerable boat? If so, what vehicle are you planning to tow with? What is the maximum towing capacity of the vehicle?

As a general rule, the more relevant and specific information you put in an OP, the better the quality of the responses you'll get. I'd also recommend that you read the POST in my signature to get the most out of sailnet.

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I am looking for a good daysailer. I do not plan on trailering the boat since I have riverfront property. I need something that has a kickup or foldable daggerboard. Im not really lokking for a skinny racer, maybe 15 to 22 feet.
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What kind of current do you have to deal with in the river?
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here is kind of a spacious swing keel that is trailerable, probably in your price range if you look around:
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this pop top model is kind of neat:

http://for-sale.yakaz.com/r/?wIqvWcU...45BXgF44AQ2jBV

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Thanks so much, the Balboa look really good.
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