Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Lots to choose from
Based on your needs I would suggest something under 20 feet. Since you already have a big boat to stay overnight. You will probably want something easily trailered, setup and launched. Most boats in the 17-19 foot range should fit this need. All boats in this size should have a small cuddy cabin with Porta-potty as well and room to camp out if need be.
I had a Chrysler 22 with a mast raising system and could do it solo but it took a while and scared me when doing it. As long as it is not too windy the mast on a 17-19 footer should be easy enough to manhandle up which has the advantage of low prep time.
I would also suggest something with a drop keel, centerboard, stub keel or wing keel, nothing more than a 3' draft. Ease of launching at any ramp would open up a lot more options.
There are quite a number of trailerable boats in this range.
West Wright Potter 15 don't forget the WWP 19 also
Montgomery 15 and 19s
Compac and Precision make boats in the 16 foot range and up that would fit your needs. Although the newer ones can be very expensive, there are some used ones out there.
Venture/Macgregor, Oday and Catalina also have boats in this size.
If you have some money to spend 20k+ and would like to go fast, look at an Ultimate 20.
As mentioned check out the trailersailor.com to get some suggestions from a broad range of trailersailors. Since it is your second boat for just daysailing, I would just find something locally or nearby at the right price, in sailable condition, so you can get out more often this summer. There are lot of boat going for cheap right now.
Good luck in your search.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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