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Boat recommendation

I have been looking at getting into sailing for some time now and haven't ever been able to pin down a boat that would suit me. I am almost completely new to sailing so please forgive my ignorance.

I have in mind a trailer sailer or pocket cruiser that has a trapeze and spinnaker setup. 2 or 1.5 berths (for the lady and I), and between 19 and 15 feet (towards 15 feet, the easier to trailer the better). Performance is a slight factor because at some point I'm looking to race.

Any input would be appreciated!
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Other than a Wyley Wabbit, which is 24', I Can't think of anything at all that sleeps two with a trap and spin

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Umm... most pocket cruisers in the 15-19' range aren't performance oriented, and very unlikely to have either a trapeze or a spinnaker. If you're really looking to race, I'd recommend you look around and see if there are any one-design fleets that have boats that you could cruise as well.
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Other than a Wyley Wabbit, which is 24', I Can't think of anything at all that sleeps two with a trap and spin
Anything like that with a swing, drop or retracting keel though? fin keel makes trailering a wee bit more difficult no?
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Just curious, what is your rough budget and what do you have for a tow vehicle??

That would give us a better idea of what boats might be suitable for you.
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Just curious, what is your rough budget and what do you have for a tow vehicle??

That would give us a better idea of what boats might be suitable for you.
Maybe 4k, I wouldn't mind a project/fixer boat, and pulling with a 3.5L v8 Defender 90.
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Anything like that with a swing, drop or retracting keel though? fin keel makes trailering a wee bit more difficult no?
Not necessarily. It depends more on what you're towing with and where you're launching. Most are dry sailed. It's really the only boat that comes even close to what you want. There are a couple of guys in SF who made 'turbo'd' Cal 20 with a sprit and a trapeze though.

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What if I could do without the spin? Does that change much?
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A trapeze and no spin? Maybe a beach cat. You want something with trapeze preformance, a spinnaker, and a small cabin to sleep two all in 14-19ft... You can have the latter two, or you can have the former two. The Wabbit is the only production boat that comes anywhere close to providing all three, and at 24'.

Where are you sailing, and what is your experience level? That can help point you toward more realistic expectations.

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