Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Recommendations for a daysailor
I am getting back into sailing after a long hiatus. I raced dingys and then keelboats up until my mid 20s. Over the past couple of years have started sailing again as crew on friends keel boats in the 35-40 ft range but I don’t have a predictable schedule which limits my opportunities. It is time to get my own boat.
I plan to sail mostly in Halifax Harbor but in good weather would like to be able to venture out of the harbor and into some of the nearby bays but that means bigger water. I am not planning to race.
After reading the advice being dispensed on sailnet I am leaning towards a mid 20s daysailor as a good first boat. It is important that it is low maintenance and easy to get underway as my time is limited. I am really tall so small cruisers have less appeal.
Other critical issues in the decision making are enough performance to keep my boys (11 and 13) sailing with dad but the seaworthiness to go out of the harbor. My wife wants to be able to serve drinks to friends. This complicates things because in Canadian waters I think you need to have a marine head not a porta potti as well as a sink and fixed stove element to be legal for serving drinks. So the cuddy has to have a bit of room.
I keep coming back to the Colgate as a possibility. I like the Sonar but the cuddy is probably too small. Are there others that I should be considering? I’d like to assemble a list so I can start identify some to look at in person.