Before we talk about boats, let's talk about you.
*flips to a fresh page on his pad, sits back in his chair, crosses left leg over right knee, adjusts glasses toward the end of his nose.*
Do you like camping?
Does your wife like camping?
Are you a spontaneous person/couple happiest with the quickest solution, or are you thoughtful and contemplative?
If your weekend is only 48 hours long, are you satisfied with 4 hours of driving, towing a trailer, 2 hours of rigging/de-rigging included in that 48?
Mr. Wilson, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Your wife likes the speed of powerboating, you like the cerebral enjoyment of sailing. You like to explore exotic new waters...near Galveston (damn, where is a laughtrack when you need it?) Your wife likes comfort and conveniences. You both, apparently, like each other. It appears your budget is relatively unlimited, but your time is not.
I offer you three solutions. One is complicated, expensive, and fraught with peril. The other is sheer blasphemy.
Solution 1: Buy a trailer sailor like a Seaward 25 or Rhodes 22 and a bigass SeaRay. The Rhodes and the Seaward are not as spartan as many small boats, but not a suite at the Hilton either. It's camping, but it's camping on a muthaf**in' boat. which makes it better. The SeaRay...well it's a SeaRay, the pimpmobile of the upper middle class, the Escalade of powerboats. If your wife does not like camping (wife of a texas lawyer who wants a powerboat...you do the math) then this may be her vessel of choice leaving you engaged in nautical masturbation (ie sailing singlehanded) while she slathers on the sunscreen on the deck of the SeaRay. Plus you've to to rig it, launch, it , store the trialer and truck, come back to the same port you left, drop the stick, load it on the trailer, all the while your wife is tapping her foot and checking her weatch and sighing. Do that two or three weekends and soon she will be on the SeaRay while you are on the road, ergo, this may not be the best solution.
#2: As Denise suggested, a cat, and a RIB with a console and a 20 hp engine. get a hulking Darth Vader-flagship looking Lagoon or Fountaine Pajot, er, Fontaine Peugeot, er , one of them big damn French FP boats and a go-fast RIB to hang from davits and you'll be able to explore newish waters fairly quickly, and your wife will have her bikini- and booty- bouncing wave-busting fun ride.
#3. A Macgregor 26M. Sometimes, a spork will do the job. She gets speed, you get sails, Relatively roomy, trailerable, option the bejeesuz out of it and you will have a vessel capable of week+ long excursions for under $75Gs.
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Last edited by bljones; 02-12-2012 at 12:11 AM.