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but I think the length and grade of the drop off should be investigated very carefully! I know in Florida there is often a 'stop' or cement block to stop trailers from rolling off the end. (not to mention the depth of water you'll need to float it.)
Hell, just launch it like my sister in law launches their 25' cabin cruiser - disconnect all tiedowns to the trailer, line everything up with someone on the boat, back down the ramp at 10 or 15 MPH until the tongue is in the water, hit the brakes - HARD. The boat just keeps on going and "launches" itself. I think rollers and not bunks are essential to the success of this maneuver.

It sure isn't the way I'd have done it but you cain't hardly argue with success.
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The clipper marine 32 looks like it may be a good option, will have to research the boat more. The clipper for sell would be idea for what I am looking for if I where ready to buy a boat today. RDW, not a member of cave run sailing club yet but plan on joining this spring. The cat 22 I bought at caverun lake, went sailing at a few of the club races to see what the sailing was like at caverun, plenty good enough to get some experience and the people in the club really nice and willing to help out.
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The clipper marine 32 looks like it may be a good option, will have to research the boat more.
Here is a link to a long forum discussion that I found after seeing an ad for one near me at a super low price. I ended up not going to look at it so I have zero experience.

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I'm thinking sailboats and politics are a lot alike. You sure can get into a fight in a hurry when talking about them to other people when stating your opinion. As of now I am pretty set on the cat 27 or cat 30. Just seem to be the best bang for the buck in what I am looking for. As said before, I hope to board a few this summer maybe even sail on a few to help make up my mind. Leaning pretty hard toward the 27 with 8.5 bean just because of permit issue. The 27 is cheaper than 30 but giving up some space will have to physically look at them this summer to get a real idea of what I am willing to give and take on my next boat. Based on all the info I really feel either boat can be towed and launched with some planning and a little xtra hard work. Don't know the answers for sure yet but I will enjoy the ride getting there. Thanks to everybody who has offered advice on this subject and other questions I have asked. I have learned a few things and have so much more to go. I am enjoying the journey and can't wait till I get to the destination.
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I have a Catalina 27' Dinette model. It is a great boat for a smaller family i.e. <4 adults. It has more room for people inside than topside when sailing. It is not a blue water boat. Miami to Bimini in fair weather sure, VA to Bermuda not so much. I towed this boat from CA to NC so it can be done easily, I would recommend using a crane/lift to get it into and out of the water if using a P/U truck. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.
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I have found this to be an interesting and informative thread.

I like the freedom of trailering, and of course, everyone likes bigger boats! ...........Then we like to play on smaller boats.

It's all good!
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I have a Catalina 27' Dinette model. It is a great boat for a smaller family i.e. <4 adults. It has more room for people inside than topside when sailing. It is not a blue water boat. Miami to Bimini in fair weather sure, VA to Bermuda not so much. I towed this boat from CA to NC so it can be done easily, I would recommend using a crane/lift to get it into and out of the water if using a P/U truck. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.
The Catalina 27 is one I've been considering, there is one for sale at a nearby marina that I like the sounds of.

Nice photos, nice trailer.

What is the beam of the boat? What do you do about being a bit oversize for the road?
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The beam is 8'10" and the trailer fits in the lane, thus I had no issue towing it across the country.
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I assume the trailer has it's own breaks, what is the total weight you are towing?
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The trailer currently has surge brakes, although I will look into upgrading these to electric as I like to use a weight dist hitch with anti sway bars. Weight of the trailer is ~1500lbs and the boat is ~7000lbs. I have a rough calculation that the tow weight is ~9000lbs.
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