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Join Date: Jul 2010
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Re: Need suggestions - 20' competitive lake boat
Wow, never heard of the Holder 20 but it looks like a really fun boat and is way on the light end of the spectrum which is a big plus for trailering -for comparison, a Mariner 19 will weight in at more like 1500 lbs.
I had a Siren 17 this past summer and loved it, not designed as a performance boat in terms of sail controls but light (750 lbs) and reasonably modern shape, and it was fast off the wind in a breeze (but lousy to weather). Not even close to your desired rating, like 270. I guess the 24-27' keelboats would've eaten me windward but I didn't get enough time around them to tell for sure.
But I sailed with novice crew, or with my three kids (4, 6, and 8 at the time) and had no problems. The Siren is very tender with the board up, somewhat less so board down, but nothing compared to my 25' woodie of previous years (3000+ lbs?). We didn't exactly go out if it was blowing 25+ but it was really not an issue. If anything it was a little easier to keep the light boat flat with the meat ballast.