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09-20-2007 10:35 PM
deniseO30 I had a hunter 23 swing keel. I love the boat but the trailer sucked. and the rig was way too heavy for one person. I sold it. have a 30ft Oday now and It's way way easier to single hand then the smaller boat. Of course I'm not going to tow it anywhere LOL! But someday with enough experiance I hope to go up the East coast! Already been to Cheseapeake bay a few times! not alone though. next month I will be though, and i'm so looking forward to it!
09-20-2007 10:12 PM
SailorPam We had a woman at our lake who single handed a Com Pac, I think it was 19'? It was a nice boat. She even had the anchor rode run aft so she could drop it from the cockpit. I think another fine single handed boat is the Aquarius 23. I've talked three of my friends into them. I know it can be trailered by a Ford Ranger pick up. It has a centerboard, so it's nice and low on the trailer and doesn't require an extension. The interior layout is very comfortable. It does take a second set of hands when the mast goes up, but everything else could be done by one person (and maybe a third if it has a roller furler). Our experience is that when you're rigging a sailboat somebody is always close by to lend a hand for the tricky spots when you need extra hands & eyes to watch for snags.
09-19-2007 04:42 PM
PBzeer The Hunter line of smaller boats are all easy to setup. Precision is another model that makes some nice smaller boats as well, and I would definitely second the Com-Pacs and the older Macgregors.

Currently at 38 20 10 N 76 27 42 W , Solomons, MD
09-19-2007 04:22 PM
tenuki club sailing is a good route. I sailed at a club for 3 years before taking the plunge and getting my own boat. since I had the opportunity to take out different boats of differing sizes, etc I had a much better idea what I liked when it came time to buy. also, not having to do boat maintence or any of the other boat owner things was really nice. You just show up and sail. A lot of the clubs offer lessons too, and some of them have programs that help you get/find people to sail with too.
09-17-2007 01:30 PM
sailhagg Can I add my two cents?

My first sailboat was a MacGregor 26 with a small outboard engine. I had a mast raising system that made getting it up much easier. I could rig the boat in 30-40 minutes. The lakes I went to had pretty open areas where I could rig in the parking lot and then back the all ready to go sailboat down the ramp.

Once in the water I'd hold a bow and stern line and walk the boat off the trailer (reverse for back on the trailer) and tie off at the dock for a couple minutes while parking my SUV. Without the water ballast it was a pretty light weight boat. I didn't have to pull forward too far to start the ballast draining so my SUV didn't work real hard either.

I liked this boat quite a bit. The cabin while not huge was definately sufficent for week-ends. She was a bit tender and I reefed before most others. All in all a fun boat that I only had to spend $5K for!
09-17-2007 12:13 PM
arbarnhart Redneck accent? I resemble that remark. We do sound a little different, but that's because in the South, we don't speak the king's English; we speak God's English.
09-16-2007 08:32 PM
sailingdog LOL..... Just watch out for the rednecks in their bass boats.
09-16-2007 08:00 PM
InlandGirl A club is definitely the way to go -- the condo association wouldn't appreciate a boat in the parking lot. I don't think the clubs around here will put my boat in the water for me : they're all-volunteer, no paid staff, so unless there are people who just hang around waiting to haul other people's boats, it probably won't happen, not even if I call ahead and ask nicely.

The upside is that membership costs are pretty low, basically just to cover the expenses of a few slips and a small building. I could probably even get a mooring, and not worry about hauling for spring and fall.

I need the trailer for mid-May through mid-August though, when I go home. (Home is in Michigan...I just work here in south-central nowheresville.)

Oh. I just remembered that it's only September, and it's going to be eight long months without pine trees or proper lakes .. eight long months of torture-by-redneck-accent and random people calling me "hon".... aaarggh.... This is why I need a boat ASAP: in the middle of the fake lake (aka flood control pool) at least I won't be able to hear the locals talking.

Ahem. My apologies to any proud south-central nowheresvillians. I'm homesick...cut me some slack.


Thanks for the hint about the trailer extension -- I will definitely do that.
09-16-2007 01:45 PM
sailingdog One thing sailormann forgot to point out is how much faster and easier launching your boat is if you keep it a one of these facilities. Some will even launch your boat for you, if you call a day ahead of time.
09-16-2007 11:45 AM
Sailormann While you are looking for your boat, investigate the area that you are sailing in. There may be some Sailing Clubs (as opposed to yacht clubs), that are specifically oriented to "drysailing". This is to say that they cater to people who do not leave their boats in the water all the time, but launch them and haul them out every time they sail.

If you can find one of these clubs, then you will likely find that you can keep the boat there on its trailer with the rig up so that you do not have to raise and lower the mast each time you use it.

If there are no sailing clubs, then phone the yacht clubs and ask about their drysail facilities. Although it would cost more to join one of the clubs than it would to store the boat at home, the information, support and camaraderie you'll find will more than compensate for the added expense.
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