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If you come to sailing from a power boat background, you may not understand that trailering a sail boat and trailering a power boat are very different.
When you arrive at the marina with a powerboat you basically splash the boat, start the engine, motor away and you're done. With a sailboat you have to put the rig up, sails on, and get the thing off the trailer. It's much more time consuming and difficult than a power boat. And, as the boat gets bigger, it get MUCH more difficult because the mast gets longer and heavier, the rigging gets heavier, and the draft gets deeper.
Also, while it can be done, not too many people are going to be happy spending two weeks on board a small, trailerable, sailboat. Boats that size (usually 25' or less) don't typically have standing headroom or a decent galley or head.
Personally, If I were going to spend a week or longer aboard a boat, I would want something at least 27' long and getting to 30' would make it a lot more comfortable.
A little personal history: I started sailing in 2003 with a trailerable Catalina 22. My family was (and still is) my wife and three kids. Back then the kids were 9, 6, and 2. The Catalina was great for day sails for a few hours. However, even after we got good at it, it still took an hour to get the boat in the water and another hour to get the boat out of the water. And the last thing I really felt like doing after spending a day on the water was spending an hour taking everything apart and loading the boat on the trailer. Of course the kids were tired and cranky and trailer sailing was really a drag.
The next year we put the boat on a mooring and that was much easier and a lot more fun. Now it was about 15 minutes from arrival at the mooring to being under sail. Of course I got hooked on sailing and wanted to spend weekends aboard. The Catalina was too small for that, so I bought a Newport 28.
The Newport was a proper 'big boat' with inboard diesel, hot and cold running water, real marine head with shower, decent galley with stove and oven (turns out they didn't work, but a camp stove sufficed), and comfortable berths for all five of us.
The weekends we spent aboard were great, but the Newport didn't have enough storage room for gear and supplies, especially when we were in 'sleep mode' and could not use the quarter berth or V berth for storage. So i went shopping again and bought an O'day 35, which has been great.
So, in summary, if you really plan on spending weeks or longer aboard, think long and hard about the size of boat you want. And if you plan on only spending a few nights aboard, think, really think, about if trailering is for you.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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