Sounds like you are on the right track to me. Easy to launch, easy to rig, a cabin to sit out a rain storm in.
Sounds like you just need to wait for the right boat to come on the market.
There are a lot of nice trailer sailers that size. Siren 17s, Sandpipers and Nordica 16s are all nice Canadian boats which can often be found in the northern states.
I think you are right. I think most folks who have waited through the winter to sell a boat are probably patient enough to present it cleanly to optimize selling price. The snow isnít even gone, and itís still muddy as a stable.
The P18 I looked at yesterday was tempting other than the inability of the seller to even vouch for the centerboard, and if I believed it was the best chance Iím going to get all season, I might have made an offer. I donít believe that. Regarding Sandpipers, Iíve never seen the Canadian version, although the Marshall catboat of the same name would be ideal.
Do you happen to know what the customs rate is on bringing a boat across from Canada to the US? I know Canada charges a 10% tariff on new boats heading in the other direction.
It seems to me that there is an exponential increase in difficulty of solo mast stepping as one goes from 15 (painless), to 17 (ok), to 19 (challenging) to 21 (forbidding). We only did it once a season, so we never really worked out a mechanically assisted method, but raising the mast on my fatherís Johnson C-scow was also a bit of a balancing act. Doing that every time out would not be conducive to sailing often.