Looking for a Trailerable Sailboat - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-23-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Shakin97 is on a distinguished road
Looking for a Trailerable Sailboat

Hi all,

I am thinking of migrating from power-boating to sailing with the wife and two teenaged kids. We're down by Portland, Oregon and have spent countless hours motoring about on the Willamette and Columbia in our 19.5ft bow rider. We've always loved to camp and drag our boat with us then it dawn on me.. I figured why not camp on the water??? A trailer-able sailboat would open up new horizons for us, mostly thinking the San Juans just north of us about 3 hours drive.
Well, that leads to my question to what boats may fit this criteria:

1) Total towing weight < 6500Lbs - As big as I can legally tow.
2) Sleep 4 people comfortably
3) Cockpit large enough for 4 without being "in the way"
4) And I guess a pet peeve would be I'd like to be able to stand
down below, or as close to it as possible. I'm 5'11" My son is 6', but his
back is good.
5) < $10,000 - That way I'm out very little selling the power boat, but not a
show stopper.

Basically I'm looking for a pop up tent that sails.

I am aware of the Macgregor 26s/x/m, and admittedly I love the room in the 26X and it's layout.. but as I have read on these forums many times, I think I'd like to start off with a real sailboat.
I guess what I'm looking for is a "MacGreggor 26X Upgrade". This boat has to exist...

End goal here is to get the wife from drinking winecoolers in the bow of a power boat to learning to sail with me. Hopefully if all goes well, and winning the lottery, we'll be cruising the world in one of those Hylas 56's that's on the first page of every Cruising World magazine I get...

Last edited by Shakin97; 10-23-2011 at 09:48 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-23-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
roubaix1 is on a distinguished road
Hi - I am in a similar spot and a friend recommended to me an S2 7.9. Their forum is at S2 7.9 Class web page. They seem to have an active fleet. Good luck and safe sailing. Roubaix1.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-23-2011
DRFerron's Avatar
A mod and her dragon
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,134
Thanks: 23
Thanked 88 Times in 86 Posts
Rep Power: 10
DRFerron is on a distinguished road
For standing room below, I would look into Catalinas. They are tubs, but the cabin room is what drew us to them.

Tell your wife she'll have to ditch the wine coolers and move up to rum drinks if you buy a sailboat.
Mat2000 likes this.
__________________
Donna


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Catalina 30 TRFK

Contributing Editor
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
magazine

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Rock Hall Cruising Station

All things that are, are equally removed from being nothing. John Donne
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-23-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 654
Thanks: 1
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 14
olson34 is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Well here's three

How about one of the many Catalina 25's with a pop top? They sail better than their detractors would like to admit. Parts and advice available from many owners' sites and from the factory.
Since you're in the NW, a much higher quality trailerable would be the Ranger 26 (the Ray Richards design built in the late 70's and early 80's by Ranger Boats in Kent WA.
Another nice trailerable design with a great sailing and cruising rep is the Ericson 25 model with the centerboard from the mid-70's.

There are probably many other choices out there, and more owners will be chiming in with 'em.....

Happy hunting,
L
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-24-2011
cb32863's Avatar
Lake Sailor
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 713
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
cb32863 is on a distinguished road
I would also suggest a Catalina 25. I have looked at a few and hopefully will have one of my own soon. The company is still in business and there is a large member's association, so help and parts are not far away. Another to consider would be an O' Day 25 or 272. Older boats and no longer being made but have heard good things about them. On the trailerable side, a 25 is more "transportable" as opposed to be a true trailer-sailor. Mast stepping and rigging it can take time and some effort but, can be done with 2 people. Good luck and welcome to the asylum!



EDIT: There are Hunters out there too that would fit your requirements as well. The newer Catalinas and Hunters have wing keels instead of the swing but, you are going to pay more for those.
__________________
Umquam Porro

S/V Papillon 1977 O' Day 25


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by cb32863; 10-24-2011 at 09:11 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-24-2011
kwaltersmi's Avatar
Broad Reachin'
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,793
Thanks: 1
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 8
kwaltersmi is on a distinguished road
Try an S2 8.0B Shoal Draft. The S2 7.9 recommended above is a nice, fast boat, but definately aimed at the racer side of the racer-cruiser continuum. The 8.0B is a decent little cruiser with good build quality and a fair amount of room below. The 2'6" draft of the shoal draft version should meet your needs.
__________________
Catalina 34

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 10-25-2011
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 649
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
WDS123 is on a distinguished road
This months Good Old Boat has an article on the Santana 2023 - a fine trailer sailor you can buy for a bargain.

Good old boat says the S2023 is the easiest of the lot to rig and has the best sailing performance.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 10-26-2011
JimsCAL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Glen Cove, NY
Posts: 2,160
Thanks: 0
Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 7
JimsCAL is on a distinguished road
Have to agree that the Catalina 25 pop-top comes closest to fitting the wants you lay out in the first post. That said, keep in mind the trailering, rigging and launching a boat of this size is a major operation. OK for a week or two vacation, but you won't want to do it every time you want to go sailing.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 10-26-2011
MarkCK's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 475
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
MarkCK is on a distinguished road
Seaward Yachts has several nice 25-26 footers out there. They are probably fancier versions of the Catalina's. If you want to go a cheaper route a Balboa 26 is a nice boat. If a little smaller but saltier looking boat a Compac 23 would make a nice choice. All of the boats mentioned have been produced in large numbers and are designed for trailerablility. The downside is that none of them are really built for speed. But then again that may not be much of a criteria for you.
__________________
always in decline-never hitting bottom
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 10-26-2011
sailortjk1's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Porter, IN
Posts: 4,647
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
sailortjk1 has a spectacular aura about sailortjk1 has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by JimsCAL View Post
Have to agree that the Catalina 25 pop-top comes closest to fitting the wants you lay out in the first post. That said, keep in mind the trailering, rigging and launching a boat of this size is a major operation. OK for a week or two vacation, but you won't want to do it every time you want to go sailing.
Following up along these lines; I just saw sitting in the yard a Catalina Capri 22. Maybe not as much elbow room, but a whole lot easier to trailer, rig, launch, and haul.
What a sweet looking little boat. Looks to have nice lines, underbody, and wing keel. She should sail resonably well I suspect.
Head room would be an issue, but for weekend camping style, I would.
__________________
Courtney is My Hero

If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Homebuilt trailerable Cruising sailboat Frogwatch General Discussion (sailing related) 7 08-22-2011 09:18 PM
biggest trailerable sailboat operator235 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 31 11-04-2009 08:49 PM
Bottom painting a trailerable sailboat skobrien Gear & Maintenance 17 01-03-2008 10:16 PM
Two-Person Trailerable Sailboat GoLikeaFish Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 09-08-2006 03:12 PM
Largest trailerable sailboat bayme Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11 03-10-2004 03:34 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:48 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012