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The wife and I are in our mid 30s. We currently live in CT (for the past 9 years) but really don't like the area- to each his own right? We travel to the Caribbean each year, and it seemed like we were always going on sail/snorkel day trips, so we got into chartering (crewed) and have been having the best vacations ever since. We have always had the intention of moving to the islands, and now we have decided that when the time comes, we would like to live aboard.

We have some minimal sailing experience so we have booked ourselves into ASA classes for basic keelboat (101), basic coastal cruising (103), and bareboat certification (104) at a private 1-on-1 school this May. Instead of going straight to bareboats, this fall we booked another crewed charter in which the captain is also an ASA instructor, so that we can gain a lot more experience at the helm and crewing under expert guidance.

One common theme I have found when seeking advice from captains is to get a lot of small boat sailing in. My wife is turned off by wet, hiked sailing so I have been looking for something a little more tame with main + jib that we can sail in Long Island sound and some lakes.

Criteria:
-Deep wide comfortable cockpit
-easily trailered and rigged quickly
-able to be single-handed
-dry and stable
-easily fit 3-4 adults
- rugged
- newer and in running condition as our free time is extremely short and I want to minimize repairs vs. Sailing time
- under $10k

I came across the American Sail 14.6 and was really impressed. Brand new it seemed to fit all categories. Anyone have advice or experience with this?

I'm looking to sail in the Norwalk Island, Branford Thimble island, and Fairfield areas. Would love to hear from anyone with experience in these areas.

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Re: Looking for advice

My advice would be to find a Rhodes19. You should be able to get a newer one in excellent condition for $10k. The R19 has most of your attributes, I think more so than most alternative boats. Welcome to the Rhodes 19 Class Association

To get All the sailing characteristics you want, at the price of more complicated rigging and launching, and three-four times the budget, the right boat would be a Colgate 26. A Colgate 26 would put a big smile on your face, all year, and on your wife's too. Official Colgate 26 Website | Daysailer For Sale
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Re: Looking for advice

A nice alternative that would suite your needs, be fun to sail (and race) and is quite affordable is the Capri line by Catalina. For example, see (click on) Capri 25
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A nice alternative that would suite your needs, be fun to sail (and race) and is quite affordable is the Capri line by Catalina.
That can be easily trailered and rigged quickly??
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Re: Looking for advice

The Capri can be trailered, but not really rigged quickly. Most people would want to find somewhere to store it with the mast up for easy launching (think almost any yacht club).

Off hand my thought is something like the Farrier 720. You didn't mention any multihull sailing, but they won't heel making it much more comfortable for the SO.
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