Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Central OH
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Ranger 20 or similar
Hello. Just spent a day on a Ranger 20 (WA built) with my family. It sailed pretty well in the light to moderate winds we had that day. I liked the boat, but I didn't really like the transition from cockpit to inside. This boat, without the tarp pilot house, has no real door for the inside when you are sailing. That is ok in fair weather, but not in rougher weather. Also, I would like some kind of porta potty.
So, is there any other minivan launch-able 20 foot'ish boat which would be rigged for a Genoa + main that you would recommend to a new trailer sailer? I would like a swing keel for a low trailer profile. I have minimal sailing experience, but learn fast. I have a family of 5 who all want to go, but want me to be able to singlehand at this point. We are a little unsure about this, so we would like to get something sail-able for under $5000. Any ideas?
Also, my 8yr old was a little scared when it got rough. . . I would guess 10 - 12 mph winds. . .Any ideas to get her more calm? She dropped down into the hold and wouldn't come out. Probably my fault for sailing into some rougher water on her first outing. I just wanted the wind!!! My wife is kind of the same way except she is pressuring the decision wanting a motorboat. While a motorboat could be bought, we would just park it most of the time due to gas prices, so I think that is a waste!
Even with this, I think everyone enjoyed themselves.