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Re: deciding between a few sail boats.. HELP!
Just a quick note on trailer sailing. It sucks.
I bought my first sailboat, a Catalina 22, in August of 2003. That's pretty late in the New York season and there were no moorings available and I had no money for a slip. So we (me, wife and 3 young kids) trailer sailed the boat for the rest of the year. Even after 4-5 times of doing it, it was at least a solid hour of time to get the boat into the water, and another hour at the end of the day to get it out of the water. Stepping the mast, adjusting the rigging, getting the boat into the water and off the trailer, parking the trailer, getting the outboard on, the sails on, all takes a lot of time.
Since you plan on being onboard for a few days that will definitely help but do plan on the time. A Catalina 22 is fairly small but just about the biggest boat that one person can rig. Once you get bigger than say 25' I don't know how you step the mast by yourself (and lower it too). Also, make sure that any boat you consider buying has a swing keel or stub keel / center board. Once a boat draws more than 2-2.5' of water, trying to launch and recover from a ramp gets very difficult.
In 2004 I was able to get a mooring and leave the boat there. So much better! Now it took 15 minutes from arrive at the marina to be departing for a sail.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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