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sail for a year or two, until you learn more about the sport, and can make informed decisions about your next sailboat
I totally agree. With each boat, you will gain experience that will lead to informed decisions. The "great" boat that you see today may look totally different in 3 years. When we first looked at Victoria it was with very different eyes than we did when looking at our Sabre 28 fifteen years earlier. And I had 15 years sailing experience at that point.

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Thank you again this really helps me gain perspective. 13 yrs ago my sife and i dreamed of owning a liveaboard when in grad school is south Florida. We missed that boat (hehe) and eventually moved to upstate NY. But I'll tell you the dream comes back every year and strong. I think we will jump in this summer with both sailing on my buddies boat and looking into a 24 0r 25ft cat or something trailorable. Luckily I have family with a home on Schroon Lake and can leave it moored there all summer long and am only 2 hours away. What a great place to learn to sail. Its so exciting and as you know anything you can do as a family that brings about togetherness and excitement a gift!

So I was recommended the O'day and Catalina. Any other suggestions or dissuasions for a trailorable boat around this size? I really want a weekender of sorts that can sleep 4-6 people. Thanks again.
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mstern - Its such a special lake and I know the Brown Bear you speak of. I too have shared such inebriating moment by that lake (haha). My family has vacationed there for over 30yrs and at least 2 generations of children have grown up with those summers. Now my 3 yr old is the 3rd generation and so on. Its a hidden treasure.

BTW - I am looking at spending under $10,000 if possible.
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I really want a weekender of sorts that can sleep 4-6 people. Thanks again.
If this is what you need, I'm not sure a trailerable boat's going to be enough. We have a Catalina 27 and it will sleep 4 comfortably - maybe 5, but it gets tight at that point.

A Catalina 22 is pretty dang small. If you can moor the boat in the lake full time for free - do you need a trailerable?
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Buy a $500 sailing dingy and get to it.
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Tell you what if by spring I make it no further than where I am today I will do exactly that. Time to get out on the water!
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I'd second taking a Power Squadron course, among other things you'll get an insurance discount and meet a batch of folks who'll probably invite you to sail with them and socialize. Now, that's typically a "boating safety" course, not a sailing course, and I'd say to take a 3-day beginers (ASA 101, etc.) sailing course to get started. If you take a course, you learn things like the standard way to coil and stow lines. If you don't...you may get into bad habits which lead to confusion when you are on other boats, or have other sailors on yours. You'll find three days in a class and boat brings you up to speed way faster than weeks of putzing around on your own, and again, there's the social side of meeting other sailors in your area.
By all means, buy the boat and go sailing! But take the classes, the credentials and connections will be worthwhile.
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luv: if you need a trailerable boat that sleeps 4-6 people, be prepared to be crowded. I think Catalina markets the 22 as a boat that sleeps four, and will sleep six if you put two more in the cockpit. However, if most of those sleepers aren't young kids, they will be very sore in the morning. In real life, I think the Catalina 22 sleeps four, eats six and drinks seven. My Oday 23 was marketed as a boat that sleeps 5: two in the v berth, two on a pullout double in the cabin, and one more on a setee in the cabin. Ha. It is to laugh. Any more than three sleepers in that boat, and you have the makings of a very bad porno.

If sleeping aboard and similar amenities are important to you, another trailerable boat you should look into is the Rhodes 22. They are a bit unusual in that they aim to be a "luxury" boat in a very small package; they tend to be more expensive, but they are really a top-notch boat.

btw, your budget of under 10K for a trailerable cruiser is very reasonable. You can get a very nice Cat 22 with a trailer for between 4 and 8K, depending on the condition. An Oday 23 will be about the same. The Oday 22, less. The Cat 25 with a trailer will be bumping up against your budget, but you should be able to find some examples that suit you.
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Haha. And we all know there are way to many of them as there is (mstern). thanks again everyone!
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