Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: thinking about a trailor sailor
Again no good headroom on this one, but the Precision 21 or 23 are good choices, again, hard to rig them quickly.
The boats that have GREAT room, are easy to trailer but aren't known for performance are the Seaward, 25, 26 ones. Again heavy, but they'll rig a bit faster than others I've mentioned, but they are well built boats, and won't be found cheap.
I was very impressed with the Seaward 26RK so much that I considered buying one new. its a helluva lotta boat for the size, and still VERY trailerable. Probably not real fast under sail. Horses for courses, she's damned pretty.
I've moved on to waters that stay liquid all year around, and am sailing a C&C 32. If I could have found one as cheap as this 32, I'd have gone 35. But my tastes/needs have changed since I've moved. Prior to our move, PA levft me pigeoned into trailer sailing and I did lots of it. I literally dry-day-sailed my Capri 22 a severeal times. It was an "all-day" affair to do. I did it one time in mid April, to prove that I could sail before my sail club friends could launch their boats (docks weren't in yet). It was a LONG day (for a lot of reasons, ie: bearing went, keel support fell off trailer, bolt broke on tongue extension, launch ramp was consumed by motor-boaters that didn't understand that I HAD to have a dock to launch, cause I couldn't JUMP from my truck onto my sailboat from the ground...). Anyway, 1:30 launch was quick but I was exhausted by the time mast was up, and I still had to bend on sails, and there was a day of sailing ahead of me. I STILL HAD AN AWESOME TIME (April 15th, and it was 65 degrees out, winds were 15-20 knots, talk about a helluva ride).
But honestly if you consider the Catalina 22, consider the Capri 22 instead (it sails better all the way around). But if you prefer more room, Consider the Precision 23, or Beneteau 235 (as was suggested)...
If you have enough tow vehicle the S2 7.9 is a heavy beast, but sails better than any mentioned, and with practice can be launched and mast stepped by one person. They even made in inboard diesel yanmar that kicked butt. Headroom sucks at 5'8" but the midship head was nice, and the huge V berth is a helluva lot of space for overnighting for such a small boat. It stands up to waves and wind well too, but is faster than a J24.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA