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Re: looking for a small sailboat

Something else to consider would be some of the better inflatable catamarans (minicat, smartkat, ducky). The problem is that you can't find them used very often and new ones cost much more than $1,500.

They go together fairly quickly, are fast, and you can't beat the portability. I own a SmartKat and it packs up into 2 six foot long bags that weight about 50 lbs each. It can easily go on the roof of a car. My main complaint is that it doesn't point very high and it can be a challenge to tack in some conditions. Other cats have these problems as well though. I was able to find one on Ebay last spring. There is a dealer in North Carolina but they are much more popular in Europe.

The larger Minicat and the SmartKat claim to have a capacity of 4 adults but in my experience it's not practical to sail a SmartKat with that many bodies on board. Two adults and a well behaved dog are probably OK.

Ducky's are available in a variety of sizes and I'm sure you can get them in a size large enough for your needs but again it's going to be big $$$$.

What might be a better option still is to find a sailing club in your area. You don't have to worry about transporting or storing a boat (you use theirs) and some of them at least will help you learn to sail.
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

If you are still looking for practical do check out Booths 'Davidson', Check out Whitehall Reproductions in Victoria ,Very pricy but no shortage of class. Both these builders have been on the scene here in Vic for 40 years and have excellent reputations. How about a stitch and glue winter project?
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

Dude, don't bother with sailboats that will load on top of your truck. Get a decent 14 foot sailing dinghy with a trailer - easy on, easy off - and you can have a dry rear end sailing in comfort with another person, dog, and a picnic cooler. That smaller stuff is just a PITA.
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

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Re: looking for a small sailboat

A lot of people around here like the Pelicans, which also could be a DIY project. It's not something you could put on the top of a truck, but it can fit 2 adults and 2 small children (the latter of which could be substituted for a dog).
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

Having gone through this same process only a few years ago - I would agree with both Krisscross and JustinB. Much, much better sailing in a 14' sloop-rigged dinghy - but if roof-topping is a must, then you might want to pick up a Snark. The Snark is common enough and cheap enough (used) to give it a try without reservation. Lot's of used ones around - I paid all of $100 for mine, which included a fairly new sail. Pretty cheap toy/experiment.
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looking for a small sailboat

Thx for the responses.
The reason for the rooftop sailboat is so I can take it with me when I haul the travel trailer out to the lake to go camping.
Capt Len I checked the Minto out on his site. Looks nice. But he has no pics of the davidsons.
I will have to check out the good old boat mag as well

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Thx for the ideas. I will spend the winter looking for my little boat. And will post what I end up getting
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

Don at handy8949@gmail dot com has a 9'6'' Davidson for sale Proceeds to Ladysmith SAR.Ask for info.& photo
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Re: looking for a small sailboat

A small trailer is cheap and it opens you up to a wider variety of boats. Its hell trying to lift even a sunfish onto the roof. Try putting a 140 pound, 14 foot long object up there. Takes 2 strong determined men to do it. It you go with a small trailer, you can back it right into the water and slide the boat off. It a world of difference.
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