1) Tahoe doesn't have marinas per say at least not on our end. What few slips have been condoized and go for over $50k. Buoys are for rent from home owners and resorts but average $3k or more per season.
Trailering is a chore, but $3,000 is also a chore. If you value your time at $100 / hour you could do 15 launch & retrieves for what a buoy costs….
Kind of sounds like a Catalina 22 remains the leading contender.
We're about same size and pretty fit. Any particular models of C22 we should look at?
The 1986 - 1995 models are considered the best micro-cruisers. The pop-tops look nice, although I don’t have one.
I don't think I would be keen on rigging a Catalina 22 for 3 days. Any more than once or twice a season would be testing my patience. Even if you eliminate items like lazy jacks and roller furling, I think a half hour would be pushing it a bit.
Rigging issues aside, C22 keels don't fully retract into the hull, giving a minumum draft of about 20 inches Add that 20 inches to the trailer height, and its not really what I would think of as a shallow ramp boat. They weigh 2500 pounds, so forget about manhandling it onto the trailer.
Sounds like you might want something fairly shallow. West Wight Potter 19 is half the weight and less than half the draft. The layout isn't bad.
I’ll say this about my C22. Every time I trailer it I wish it was three feet shorter, and every time my wife and I stay on it I wish it was three feet longer.
It takes me about an hour if I’m just packing it up for the two miles home. Takes longer if I’m tucking it all in for a highway trip, or putting it away for the winter.
You’re dead on about the keel. When it swings up it leaves about 10” down below the boat. This makes it harder to maneuver because it’s like it has a long full keel, and it’s that much deeper than a flat bottom boat. I have used some fairly shallow fishing boat ramps, but it’s dicey.
The weight isn’t bad in calm water. I’ve gotten good enough now that I can usually launch and retrieve it without getting my feet wet, but if I do have to go in the water it’s not that hard to move around. I did retrieve it once in high winds and then it got sucky. Took three of us to wrangle it on the trailer. But we’re talking 20 knots of crosswind.
EDIT: I realize by manhandling maybe you mean when the boat is not floating, or is only semi-floating. Then yes, you are absolutely correct. You have to float it on the trailer, for sure. I back in far enough that I can float within a foot or two of the front, then winch it the rest of the way.