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11-29-2012 04:44 PM
Re: Beginners Boat

O'Day Javelin.
I picked one up as a project last year. It is finally moving into the garage so that the project might start. You can find one in your budget, but it will need work and probably new sails. Sails are easy to have made as there is still plenty of information available on them.

I hate to say it, but it is amazing what 1K - 2K will NOT buy these days.

11-29-2012 03:41 PM
Re: Beginners Boat

I bought a sunfish for $350 off of craigslist last spring. I have a found a variety of centerboard daysailor's in the $500-1000 price range. Anything with a wieghted keel, swing or otherwise will probably start at $1500 and go up from there. And the $1500 boats will probably need some work done to them.
11-29-2012 03:35 PM
Re: Beginners Boat

A keelboat is [generally] more forgiving, a centerboarder is [generally] easier to trailer.

A $1k-$2k budget has you in the category of small day sailor (or larger fixer-upper). Some examples that might fit the bill:
laser, capri 14, hobie 14, precision 15, amf puffer, sunfish, muntineer, and a whole slew of other small trailerables.

Craigslist is your friend... and if your only spending $1-2k on a sailboat, expect to put some more money into it for "upgrades" in the coming year. Including the biggies that everyone forgets to include in incidentals, like life-jackets!

At that price range you'll also have to become your own boat inspector... anything with a trailer will also require you to become a trailer inspector... look for dry rotted tires, and non-working lights... and expect to have to fix both.
11-29-2012 03:22 PM
Re: Beginners Boat

West Wight Potter 19 (18 + motor mount = 19) was my first boat. I still miss having it because it was so simple to sail. Very fun, stable and pretty fast for it's size. Great quality and room for overnights.
11-29-2012 02:43 PM
Re: Beginners Boat

I am looking for a small cockpit tow vehicle is a small truck/ car under 2 or 1 k budget wise ?
09-17-2012 10:53 AM
Re: Beginners Boat

If you want to do quick day sails, something as big as the Catalina 22 would be the limit. It would take me almost two hours to get my C22 set up for sailing, and about half that to unrig everything after sailing. Once we had the boat on a mooring we sailed a lot more often. I would second something along the lines of the Flying Scot. Big cockpit, not sinkable, fast. Unless you will be singlehanded, and don't mind getting wet, a sunfish, laser, etc.
09-17-2012 07:37 AM
Re: Beginners Boat

The O'Day Daysailer is a good beginners boat. Just under 17', it trailers well and is very forgiving under sail. The cockpit is large and will seat 4 in reasonable comfort. Thousands have been built and you can find a decent one for under 2k.

I've had one for over 20 years and it is my go-to boat when I need a quickie.
09-16-2012 08:55 AM
Re: Beginners Boat

My buddy has a West Wright Potter 18 that he thinks is great!

09-15-2012 08:16 AM
Re: Beginners Boat

I had not done a lot of sailing when I first bought "NANNA" a 1975 macgregor 25 with a swing keel. For me a good first boat. Loaded about 3500lbs including trailer so pulling it with my Aztec was a breeze,, launching and retrieving was next to impossible as it was front wheel drive. We have since bought a 4x4 and now its no problem. I am rigging a mast raising system for her so raising and lowering the mast will be a snap in the future but a couple of helpers and it goes up pretty easily.
As for sailing her we are still learning (you never stop) she holds four people comforably in the cockpit and we can overnight but for us we just day sail and have a blast. The nice thing about a swing keel boat is that at the end of the season we can trailer her home. and then in the spring I can do any work on her in the driveway, all tools handy. before launching her.
Good luck with your decision what ever you buy.
09-15-2012 02:21 AM
Re: Beginners Boat

Just starting out myself. I've got an American Sail 14.6, trailers easy and small enough to keep in my garage.
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