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Re: This is what I am thinking
That's where a wing keel c25 is ideal. It has the trailerability of the C22 or C25 swing keel, but better manners, especially with the board up. And the C25 may seem big at first, but after 5-6 months, it won't.
Just how big are the lakes in your area? I can appreciate the size issue (our local lake puts a 16' limit on boats of a y kind), but the C25 is a significant different and more family-friend boat if you can swing it. We had one with a family of 4, inducing to small boys, and would still have it if it hasn't been totaled in Hurricane Sandy.
Can you give us an idea of your budget and envisioned usage? Will she be moored/docked somewhere, or trailer sailed? What kind of tow vehicle do you have? If trailering, do you realize that it's a 45 minute to an hour job to rig a C22/25, and another 45-60 to break it down again, and that may not always include time spent waiting for the ramp? That's crucial "boredom time" with little ones. Not trying to be a wet blanket, just setting your expectations.
What you might consider, depending on your anticipated use cases (racing, cruising, daysailing, overnighting) and needs (marine head, galley, shower/sink), is something like a Diller Schwill or West Wight Potter. Smaller, easier to rig, and easy to tow, with a small cabin that you can use for overnighting, and future kids can use as a "fort" while you are underway.
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