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Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

Does anyone have any ideas on new boats 20 to 25 that I could day sail alone in a delaware Bay. I am looking to have a small cabin for one night sleep overs when the drive home is 2 plus hours.
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Or others . I would love to hear what the best ideas are. Money is not primary . Nice boats that are easy to sail means most
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

Is it just you? If I was going to single hand I would look at a Cape Dory Typhoon. 19', cutaway full keel, very shippy little boat. I had a Catalina 22 years ago and loved it. I also have owned a Tanzer 22, (like a Cal 25 but a little smaller) and it's a tough, fast little boat. All three of these can be had for not much money. The C22 and the T22 can be trailered which might open up some other areas for you.
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

First of all, there's a huge difference between a 20 and 25 footer. Depending on the creature comforts you want, A Catalina 22 or 25 are worth looking at. The 25 will feel huge inside the cabin compared to the 22. Compared to the Catalinas, the Capri 22 and 25 are also worth looking at, but both Capri's offer smaller cabins than the Catalina's.
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

Welcome aboard,

Delaware Bay has some skinny water, so a boat with a shoal keel or retractable keel would expand your cruising area. Com-Pac yachts builds catboats and some sloops that would meet your criteria:

Com-Pac Yachts: Trailerable Cat Boats, Trailerable Cruisers, and Cruising Sailboats

This stretches your requirements a bit, but Seaward makes a 26' model with a vertically retractable keel:

26RK | Seaward Yachts

Good luck with the hunt!
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

Where on the Delaware Bay will you base the boat?
Trailer or at a slip and haulout with a travel lift?
Go to the marinas in your future home waters and talk with those with sailboats, they know the waters and may suggest the boats to look at.

The next few weeks when folks are hauling out for the winter is a good time to find the boat owners.

The bay does have areas with shallow water but most of the bay will be have enough water depth for most sailboats.

On the lower bay which has the most challenging wind conditions I have seen many sub-20ft sailboats out having a good time, but larger 25ft plus boats are more common.

Montgomery has tough little boats http://www.montgomeryboats.com
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Does anyone have any ideas on new boats 20 to 25 that I could day sail alone in a delaware Bay. I am looking to have a small cabin for one night sleep overs when the drive home is 2 plus hours.
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Or others . I would love to hear what the best ideas are. Money is not primary . Nice boats that are easy to sail means most
Thank you all for this great information. I will be sailing out of Lewes Delaware . The is a great little marina near the yacht club right in town. Easy access right into the bay. I will be looking at all the boats mentioned. I am probably looking closely at the First 20 because of the nice cabin and good size covkpit. Also has the retracting keel.
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

If money is not a big concern check out the Nonsuch 22. Really easy to sail, terrific accommodations for 2 (and two only) including standing headroom.
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Re: Look for new sailboat under 25 ft.

Do you literally mean a NEW boat? as opposed to second hand, not just 'new-to-you'?
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At the upper end is the Little Harbor 25, there's also a little sister at 20ft

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