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firefitn 09-29-2008 03:23 PM

New to the community...
Hi all,

I am new to the community and looking for alot of information.

First off, I currently don't own a sail boat. Ive been looking locally, craigslist, online classifieds, etc... Im not sure what type of boat to get. I live in Wisconsin, so there are several local lakes (2-3 hours away) and of course Lake Michigan, so I would be looking at a trailer-sailer, with the ability to spend some overnights.

Second, I will be mostly sailing alone, with the occasional guest or two, so the boat would need to be solo capable, preferably with all rigging run to the helm.

any recomendations on a specific boat? and why?



camaraderie 09-29-2008 05:43 PM

Hi Kurt and welcome. It would be hard to go wrong with any of the small production boats in the 20-25 foot range for casual lake sailing and overnighting. Catalina and Hunter are two popular brands that still produce boats...and there's lots of others that are out of business but still popular in the used market. (Oday, Tanzer, Pearson, etc.).
You might start with your towing capacity and whether you want a fixed keel or centerboarder since trailering is a key part of your decision. If you are gonna single hand the boat, then raising the mast will be an issue and you may be better off in the 20-22 foot range.
I wouldn't worry about all lines being led to the cockpit as a condition. You are gonna have two halyards and all sheets will be in the cockpit on any boat. It is easy to make halyards led to the cockpit with a block or two and a rope clutch.
FWIW, I started off on a Catalina 22 and though it was no racer...we had lots of good use out of her and many weekends of fun and she was easy to trailer and raise the mast on with a gin pole.
Assuming a used boat...condition will be far more important than brand and price for your purposes.
I'm sure others will chime in with other suggestions.

firefitn 09-29-2008 06:34 PM

I'm not worried about trailering weight, I have a chevy tahoe for that task.

fuddless 09-30-2008 09:36 PM

This is the boat I have my eye on:

22' Samuel L. Morse Falmouth Cutter

Oh, if only I had the $$$$

longislandmike 10-01-2008 06:05 PM

I am also new to sailing and this site. I took two courses this summer but need much more time on water.No boat either but looking into fractional sailing for next year.Good luck in your search

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