New to the community... - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > Introduce Yourself
 Not a Member? 

Introduce Yourself Welcome to the - The world's largest online sailing community! Tell us about yourself so we can get to know you.

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-29-2008
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
firefitn is on a distinguished road
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?


Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 09-29-2008
camaraderie's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
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.
No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 09-29-2008
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
firefitn is on a distinguished road
I'm not worried about trailering weight, I have a chevy tahoe for that task.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 09-30-2008
fuddless's Avatar
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
fuddless is on a distinguished road
This is the boat I have my eye on:

22' Samuel L. Morse Falmouth Cutter

Oh, if only I had the $$$$
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-01-2008
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: sail out of patchogue dockside 500
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
longislandmike is on a distinguished road
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
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Live Aboard first sailboat new to sailing community prariedog Living Aboard 11 08-29-2013 06:58 PM
Cruising to Australia? Customs NAZIS here. sailorjim99 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 102 11-06-2008 08:12 AM
Sailing community loses a good friend (Whidbey News-Times) NewsReader News Feeds 0 08-02-2006 11:15 AM
COMMUNITY CALENDAR - Montclarion NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-14-2006 07:15 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:08 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.