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Looking for a day sailer, catalina?
I have completed my ASA 101 class and plan to take the next class this summer. My 101 class was on a 35' catalina with automagic everything. Since then I have sailed once on Lake Pleasant in Arizona. That was on a 30' catalina and it was a true beater. So I can sail but am still pretty green.
I had a boat about eight years ago, I think it was an o'day 17. My friend and I didn't really know anything and we tipped the boat over one too many times and finally sold it. We were frustrated with our lack of ability. Now that I've taken the ASA 101 class I think I will do much better.
I plan to sail on a local lake, RimRock, which is about six miles long and one mile wide at its widest. It is a reservoir at 2900ft and the afternoon winds can be surprisingly strong there with a nice chop to go with it.
I'm looking for a boat that I can trailer in the spring and fall. Summers it would be docked at the lake and winters it would be in storage. I have a 2003 Yukon which I think can tow up to 8200 pounds.
I anticipate single handing part of the time but I would also like to take my family (four total) sailing as my skills improve. So I will place my value in comfort rather than speed (no racing at Rimrock as far as I know).
I've been looking at the Catalina 18 and 22 with the wing keel. Seems like exactly what I want. The 18 seems scarce though. I would enjoy hearing comments from others as to what boat they think would be best given my goals. As a side note, how does one dispose of waste in this situation? I'm pretty sure there aren't any pumps at Rimrock.
Thanks for any advice or thoughts.
Last edited by davemchine; 12-29-2009 at 05:01 PM.