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Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

Looking for suggestions for daysailers that keep you mostly dry that I can trailer using a Ford Focus. I live in Clearwater, Florida and only plan to trailer a few hundred miles at most.

About me: previously held Captain's 100 ton license; conducted charters, sailing lessons, 3 years fulltime captain on a CT 56, and previously owned a Coronado 25 for many years. I have sailed a variety of boats from sunfish up to the CT 56.

That said, I haven't sailed in the last 20+years and never looked at daysailers before.

All suggestions/comments appreciated.
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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

Ford does not publish a towing capacity for the Focus. That means that you are going to want to keep it pretty light. Given that, I don't think I would plan on towing anything that has substantial ballast. And given THAT, the question of what can "keep you mostly dry" becomes quite interesting.

If you've sailed Sunfishes before then you know that a sudden gust can tip the boat over and send you for a swim. That is something that you just have to accept as a possibility in any small boat that has no significant amount of ballast. If the boat keeps you dry up until the moment when it goes over on its side, would you consider that "mostly dry?"
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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

My Wayfarer was a very dry boat to sail, as it tended to pass over most waves, rather than through them. However, being a centreboard boat, it could capsize. Then you get wet!

Frank Dye towed his with a Renault 4 with 40hp. So you should be fine with any centreboard dinghy, which tend to be 500 lbs at the most.

Did you already check out hitches?

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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

My wife and I pull an O'day Mariner with our Chevrolet Impala just fine.
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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

I'm in a club that has a bunch of Catalina Capri 16.5

You can tow them with just about anything. They're comfortable sailing with four people. They're pretty dry when sailing. They're very beamy so they're hard to tip, but not impossible, so if you really mess up you could get wet.

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