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Re: Small Boat for Solo Sailing
As with all of these threads my first question is what's the budget? There are a huge variety of boats that could meet your specs, so narrowing down what you are willing to pay is critical.
Second question is where will it be stored? If you have to tow it home, then ramp launch it to go sailing, a boat that is quick to set up and step the mast is much more critical than if it will be stored mast up at a boat yard.
Any other special concerns? Like OD racing, racing at all, speed, ect...
From the first post my initial thought would be either a Viper 640, or a VX OD. but both are going to be on the high end price wise. But they can also go from mast down to sailing in less than 30 minutes, have lifting keels (which makes them a dream to trailer), are rocket ship fast even in light air, and are very controlable single handed.
But you could also look at everything from a Fin (but no camping out on it), to a flying Scott (most uncomfortable boat I have ever sailed on) but bigger, Rhodes 19, ect...