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05-12-2011 05:35 PM
MarkSF [QUOTE=Faster;702776]Have you considered a Wayfarer? Famous British one-design - made somewhat famous by someone who's name escapes me at the moment - they did some extensive cruising in one. Designed by Ian Proctor, available in several renditions from wood to FRP. Should be plenty available in 'merry old'.."

I had a Wayfarer for a while and recently sold it, to buy a keelboat. They are great boats, very seaworthy for a centreboard dinghy. There you have it though, it's still a centreboard dinghy, reliant on crew weight not ballast to stabilise it. So reckon on, and plan for, everyone taking a swim at some point. Having said that, mine never came close to capsizing.

If it was me, I'd look for a slightly larger ballasted daysailer.

The name you were looking for is Frank Dye, aka "The madman of the North Sea". I just re-read his book, Ocean Crossing Wayfarer. Another good one is "The biggest boat I could afford" by Lee Hughes.
05-12-2011 04:40 PM
Siamese Oh......old post
05-12-2011 03:12 PM
SHNOOL
Did you get the boat?

I owned a 14.2 for quite some time. I can see the ease of use of the Expo, but the tradition OD fleet is nice.

One thing though. You want to drive a centerboard for a family boat? Everyone swims right?

I found my 14.2 to be fun at 8knots of wind. 10 knots and 1 captin and crew becomes necessary. 15 knots and 2 experienced sailors.

The 14.2 is fast, planes easy, and is a helluva lot of fun. It is a true racing dingy though, and should not be looked upon as a nice family daysailing cruiser.

Several people comment on how tender it is. I personally never turtled it. However, I filled the cockpit on a regular basis! I've personally clocked 9mph on the thing surfing, downwind, and I am not a racer, nor did I have it racing rigged.

14.2 with a keel? Different animal... Plus I'd strongly suggest more cockpit, like a 16.5... a 16.5 with a keel would be best, as long as launch ramp permits.
02-28-2011 12:45 PM
kilarney I think I've narrowed it down to the Picnic Cat and the Catalina 14.2.

If I get the Catalina, I'm struggling between traditional sloop rig and the "Expo" cat rig. I'm leaning toward traditional since it will help me move onto bigger boats if I get the urge (which I am sure I will).

Thanks for the input, everyone.
02-27-2011 05:03 PM
MarkCK You might look into this manufacturer. They make some nice traditional looking boats.

Gig Harbor Boat Works - Builders of fine rowing & sailing craft
02-27-2011 11:55 AM
LakeSuperiorGeezer
Weekender Type

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I live in northern New England, and sail in lakes. Offshore sailing and large waves are not an issue - although I'd like to be able to occasionally use the boat in protected ocean bays or Long Island Sound...
I'm also starting to think that I should just go with a 25 foot weekender type boat, but's that a thread for another day. The biggest problem with going up to that size is the lack of late model used boats and the fixed costs associated with a boat that is not routinely trailered...
Here is a book with some 360 boats to choose from to 25 feet: The Sailor's Book of Small Crusing Sailboats, by Steve Henkel. Take a look at chapters 11, 12 & 13 to help with the selection process.

There are ways to rig the boat while on the trailer that makes it easier.
02-27-2011 11:43 AM
LakeSuperiorGeezer
Tow Vehicle

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- Easily trailerable. (I have a car and a van - nothing heavy duty.)
What vehicles do you have? The tow rating is important. Good brakes on the trailer are very important if you are near #2000 total weight trailer, boat, and sailing supplies, there is a legal limit here on requiring brakes for a lot of states. Maybe less on the total weight if your vehicle has a low tow weight rating. It can be a real scare (or more) if the car ahead of you hits the brakes hard and you cannot brake in the same distance.
02-27-2011 11:37 AM
SlowButSteady How about a West Wight Potter?
02-27-2011 11:14 AM
Faster Have you considered a Wayfarer? Famous British one-design - made somewhat famous by someone who's name escapes me at the moment - they did some extensive cruising in one. Designed by Ian Proctor, available in several renditions from wood to FRP. Should be plenty available in 'merry old'..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayfarer_(dinghy)

EDIT:.... Now I see Kawest beat me to it! Great minds..........
EDIT 2:... great mind - BAH.... now I see your in NEW England... time for another coffee...
02-27-2011 09:55 AM
kilarney Thanks for some great ideas. I'll check into them. You guys had some suggestions that were new to me, which I really appreciate.
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