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Towing would be no problem, my dad still has a diesel truck kicking around.
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Being 6'3", I have certain biases, but check out a few 25 foot boats. For my purposes, the Macgregor 22 cabin was useless, I couldn't sit up straight in it. That being said, I had the boat for 9 years and loved every minute. Macs are much lighter than Catalinas or O'Days. Many Macgregors were not fitted with a full complement of sail controls, are likely to be less expensive to buy and maintain, easiler to launch, retrieve and tow. The best boat is one you will sail a lot. Pick the "easiest" (how ever you define easy) one and the one that makes you smile when you look at it. The more times you turn around to look at it as you walk away, the better that boat is for you.
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I think the Rhodes 22 is enough of a cult boat that it will be hard to find. I have seen a few bought sight-unseen.
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O'day 222, 1984, Eagle Mountain Lake, Fort Worth, Texas, sailboat for sale from Sailing Texas

To me this model looks to have both a swing keel, but also some shoal draft...am I correct?
Any comments on shoal keel vs. pure swing keel?
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look at a north american 23 or spirit 23
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To me this model looks to have both a swing keel, but also some shoal draft...am I correct?
Any comments on shoal keel vs. pure swing keel?
Yes, it has a short keel with a CB inside it.



Probably makes getting it on a trailer a bit more of an issue, but if the board is housed in a keel then the interior is more open because the cb trunk will be less of an intrusion, if at all. You'll also have some more directional stability with the board up.

One thing... if you are ever sailing with the board up, remember your rudder will be deeper than your keel.

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I don't want to throw this tread off course, but quickly, how much stock should you place in vehicle recommended towing capacity? Reason I ask, the hitch for a given model of car gives a much greater load capacity than the car manufacturer does. Why would would a hitch manufacturer offer a higher spec than the vehicle it is designed for? If there is a thread already discussing this please send me there...

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Mercedes-Benz USA says "DON'T TOW WITH YOUR CAR" while my same exact car in Europe is rated to tow over 4000 lbs. It's not the car you need to worry about. It's the lawyers. Seems like the automakers think we're going to try to qualify for Talladega while towing, and will tow the heaviest trailer allowed at 75 mph through the Rockies so they say "don't tow" or give a healthy car a low rating. When towing on the highway I'm in the right lane, going pretty close to the speed limit. (a little above in preparation for a long hill, and a little under toward the crest) I certainly wouldn't try towing a tri-axle with a Smart car of course, but check similar models or International specs -- maybe your car can tow more than you think. Just know you might be in some hot water if you're involved in an accident and your trailer exceeds the tow rating. My "DON'T TOW" car tows just fine -- it's Rear-wheel-drive, torquey, and has gigantic 4-piston fixed caliper disk brakes. It's like it was made to tow.

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Back to boats. What about the Precision 18? A bit smaller than a 20-22' but might be easier to tow. Seems to have decent ballast, looks bit inside and large cockpit. Anyone have any experience with this boat?
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If you're seriously interested in that Oday, let me know. My boat is on Eagle Mountain, and that Oday is at Harbor One, my old marina. I can swing by, take a look at it and take some better pics for you....if you want.
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1982 Catalina 25 #2897
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