Re: Time to Downsize
I am downsizing to accommodate our situation. We moved from Annapolis to St. Louis (staying employed really sucks the fun out of life) almost 2 years ago. We brought the Pearson with us and it is currently at a lake 1.5 hours away. It's not a bad place to sail. However, being in the middle of a corn field the spiders and mud daubers are a gigantic problem. I spend about 1-2 hours each trip to the boat cleaning them up. We have a 3 year old who is not as tolerant of being on the boat as when she was younger. She still likes to sail, but about 2 hours at a time is her max. So, when you figure in the travel time, cleanup time, and the trip time it is becoming more of a hassle that the wife and I would like.
Instead of giving up sailing altogether we decided a day sailer will be a good compromise for our current mission. That way we can go to the smaller lake closer to home, keep the boat in our yard, and have more opportunites to sail.
The weight limit is based on our vehicles. (VW Passat 1.8L, and Honda CR-V). Neither known for their towing ability. 1200 #'s is about the max they can safely tow.
If I/we race it will be in a very casual fleet, if at all. I just want a bit of performance so I can have some fun when the kid is taking a break.
We looked at a Precision 185 today on a whim. Did not get a chance to sail it. It seems like a well constructed boat and will definitely meet the weight, space, and trailerability requirements. I just need to find one to test sail. The dealer will not splash the stock boat because it will start the warranty clock.
I sailed an FS in college and was not a big fan. It might be worth another look since it has been several years.