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Re: Trailer Sailer, small keel boat or somewhere in between.
Ya, im a little skeptical about the towing thing too, im going to keep looking into it. We did a detailed budget over the week end, and our monthly budget will be a bit smaller than originally estimated, due to some fixed expenses at home, we will be closer to $2k/month than $3k. Ive always found, the shorter the water line, the fewer the expenses. I am concerned about our ability to put on coastal miles under sail on the water ballast boats.
22' seems to be about the limit i can tow for keel/swing keel boats, luckily i do have 4wd. Some of the older French designs seem pretty good, they seemed to be playing with form stability more on entry level boats earlier than we were in north America. Beneteau First 22, Edel 22 have nearly a foot more beam than north American equivalents from the late 70's and early 80's. A foot of extra beam can make a huge difference in a boat that size for interior space. Plus, that means we would not only have a 22' boat for storage, but also an SUV. As Zed mentioned, kind of nice for side trips to disney world and shopping etc.
Problem is, im a bit skeptical on all options. Getting south is fairly straightforward on any boat. Our potential window opens around labour day. Point boat south through NYS canals and go. The plus about buying a local boat is i can shake it down and fix it up in familiar waters. A boat i bought south, we would be pretty straight into the fire.
The issue is, the return trip, because our window closes when theres still snow on the ground in New York State. So how do we get the boat home. We could sell a US purchased boat down there, kind of a disposable boat idea, might work pretty well. Canadian bought boat, i dont think could be sold easily in the US. So, if it exceeed my tow capacity, i could uhaul it up if we can figure out trailer logistics. If its too big to uhaul- hire a boat mover, i suspect that option would break our budgets.
There are two complete Edels in my local area right now, with rig, sails, motor and trailer. One for $1000 cdn and one for $2500 cdn. Might go check them out. Wife says i can buy if i like them (and she likes them). Seems a bit early to buy a boat for a trip next fall though, you can wind up with a lot of boats in your drive way if you start buying boats 9 months before youre planning on using them.