Freedom isn't free
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Re: deciding between a few sail boats.. HELP!
25 foot boat with 4' fixed draft keel, mast lifted solo, here is how you do it.
Also S2 7.9, trailers nicely, 18 inches of water to launch, 5' draft board down, 26' long (its a big heavy boat though, 5500lbs).
So now I've found 2 boats over 25 feet, I've launched myself and stepped the mast myself. They exist.
BTW it took over 1 hour to rig each time. I think the Capri 25 took about 2 hours, the S2 7.9 probably about the same, with the rudder being the biggest PITA.
As for the Cat 22, not sure why you were adjusting rigging every time.... You detach the forestay and drop the mast back, if you used an adjustable backstay, you release the backstay , rotate the mast forward put the forestay pin in, then tighten backstay, rigging should be kept roughly the same each time for trailering.
My Capri 22, which was a nice 2.5ft draft was also a great sailing boat AND easy to launch (still about an hour).
But I will agree $1500 isn't a lot of cash for a trailerable 24+ foot sailboat, even if it needs some work.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA