Re: ComPac 23 or ?
Capri 22 wing keel, will provide infinitely better performance, has decent built quality, but is less cruiserish.
Used a seafarer 23 would be a good boat (sorry is shoal keel/centerboard).
So would an Oday 222, except again, keel/centerboard.
A hunter 23, is a wing keel, sails OK, and has decent room, built quality is just OK.
Precisions 23, keel/centerboard...
Seeing a trend yet? That's because a shoal keel is a miserable design, and pretty well is a major compromise in performance to allow for shallow water work, and/or trailering, and most designers "fix" that poor performance by supplementing with a centerboard... OR, you wind up with a heavy leaded wing keel.
Now if you want a REAL deep draft for good sailing, try an S2 6.9 (22 footer, with a weighted daggerboard, draws 18" dagger up)... again used. My S2 7.9 draws same, 18", but has 1000lbs of ballast in the hull (bottom), but also 600lbs of weighted daggerboard... both boats draw 4' and 5' respectively daggerboard down, so they sail great and trailer great, but you need water to sail them!
Catalina 22 wing keel (good luck finding one).
Hunter 235 water ballast (no I did NOT recommend one).
OOOH forgot about the Beneteau 235 (great boat, probably the best I listed), wing keel.. these boats have tons of room, sail well, and draw a premium on the resale market for good reason.
Oday 240 (another wing/shoal design), big down below, OK sailing
Cape Dory 22 (more a full keel design, so still a slug, but excellent build quality)
Starwind 223 (keel centerboard)
Cal 24 is a nice boat, deeper draft at 4'
Tanzer 22, draws 3.4' deck is kind of odd looking from afar, but built really well, tons of space below for a 22.
Hope that gives you a list to look at. By the way, you should seriously consider that requirement of no centerboard. Also why you want shallow draft... If its just to launch, seriously consider that S2 6.9 (great boat), super easy to launch, with decent speed, and space below. If its because you gunk hole, then OK, consider the wing keels, with the venerable Catalina 22 wing keel probably being your best buy, easiest to sail, easiest to get parts for boat that has the most room below. If its performance and gunk holing and just overnighting occasionally , the Capri 22 wing is probably your best buy (also easy to get parts for, and is still made).
I'll submit that there is little difference between 3' draft and 4' draft, and 4' draft opens you up to tons of 22-24 footers that perform REAL well, and also have decent room below (think C&C 24). The Compac 23 is actually a lot of boat for the money, but it focuses more on cruiser, than it does sailing performance.
"Rum Line" a 1982, S2 7.9 - Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.
Last edited by SHNOOL; 07-17-2015 at 06:35 AM.