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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

My Aquarius is very beachable, sole keel with 900lbs of lead, self righting even with centerboard up.

Balboa also makes some very beachable boats.
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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

Thanks everyone. I had looked for tein/bilge keels, but they really seem to very hard to come by in the US. I had looked at some of the retractable keel boats (i.e Catalina 22) but the swing keel really does seem to bear the weight of the boat. Maybe that is OK, but I have to think the pin is not designed to hold the full weight 50% of the time.

I will look into many of the other boats listed and see what I can come up with.

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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

If you aren't too hung up on hull length and are really after the features, take a look at the West Wight Potter 19. It has the features you seek. There are imminently affordable used and new models available although they are typically more expensive than the 7K ceiling you are mentioned.
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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

If you're considering a West Wight Potter, have a look for a Hartley TS21 first.

Tough as nails (one I know of landed upside-down on the highway at 100kph after it's brand new owner discovered how not to recover from sway on his way home and yet survived to sail again with only a damaged hatch) and will sleep more than two - and two comfortably at that.
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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

Thanks Mike. The S2 looks very interesting with the weighted board that appears to be fully retractable. That has been my main concern as many of the swing keels don't appear to fully retract in the hull and would not take the beating of being grounded twice a day.

I like the reviews I've read on it's performance. Budget may be an issue with the S2, but I'll work on that if everything else works for me.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

I do not have experience with a beachable boat big enough to spend a few nights on, but I have had lots of smaller boats on the beach. A big problem is getting mud and sand up into the Board trunk. I have had boards jam even after a short period of time, once I even got enough glop in my kick up rudder on the beach that I could not get it back down without taking it apart. I think any boat left aground for long periods of time will not work out unless it is made for that type of use. When you add the pounding that will take place 4 x a day as the tide goes in and out the end result will be a pretty beat boat, particularly since they will be sitting on their hulls.

Bilge keelers are made for this, another otion would be a sturdy old boat with lee boards instead of a centerboard. Some extra rub strips and lots of extra applications of bottom paint would help.
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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

I have a Santana 2023 and its perfect for a few nights out, water ballast and swing keel, draws 12 inches and i beach it constantly.
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Gee Mark sounds like a job for a Cape Cod catboat.... but something like a Marshall probably run outside yourbudget unless a forced sale or project boat.... The version with bowsprit/ jib rig would be ideal and very solid
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Re: beachable/groundable trailer sailer

If you have some wood working skills, build one just like you want. Check out
Duckworks Indexes - Trailer Sailer Cruisers
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