Join Date: Apr 2002
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Re: Questions on a small trailer sailor.
There's an important distinction between "transportable" (takes a long time to set up and break down) and "trailerable". If you want to daysail a trailerable for daysailing, think small, uncomplicated, lifting keel or swing keel, and easy to rig.
For 20 minute set-up and 30 minute break-down:
Potter 15, Montgomery 15 or any Compac with the "boom tender" option.
For pocket cruisers with a cabin, set up in under an hour and break down in under 1.25 hours (after you have practiced a bit)
Potter 19, Montgomery 17, Precision, Hunter 22.2, Compac with the "boom tender" system, Holders, etc. lots of 1970's trailer sailors, mostly under 22 feet.
Condition is the most important thing in any boat that's older than 12 years. People let trailer sailors sit in their yards for years because it costs nothing to leave them. During that time, the mast is corroding where the stainless fasteners contact aluminum, tires rot, lines age, and leaks cause core rot. And, IMO, good sails that aren't baggy or shrunk are well worth paying more for - they make an old boat sail like a new one. A boat that's been babied is worth thousands more when you buy it and when you sell it.
Head on over to the Trailer Sailor Bulletin Board for lots of good information and opinions on the range of what folks who trailersailor choose for their boats. Everything from "transportable" to "trailerable"
Trailer sailing for 30 years. Sailing for 50+ years.
San Francisco Bay and Delta
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