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Trailer Sailing - Am I fooling myself?

So the plan for next spring is to purchase a 22'-25' trailerable boat. We live in SE of Nebraska so most coastal destinations are simply out of reach for us on all but the most ambitious of vacations.

I am struggling between bigger 25' boats with a larger cabin and the smaller 22' boats that would be easier to trailer and setup.

Things I think I know...

1) I am going to get a permanent slip at a reasonably close (cpl hours away) lake
2) We expect to sleep on the boat on those weekends for a night or two
3) Expect to partake in the local sailing club's activities

Things I am not so sure of

1) Is trailering a 25' boat around just too much of a pain that people simply just don't do it that often?
2) Does sleeping on a 22' boat with 2-3 stink so bad that we would regret not getting the larger boat

My issue is, if I am fooling myself about the trailering around then I should probably just get a bigger boat 25-30 and leave it in the lake. It will be more comfortable. If on the other hand the idea of trailering around is something that people do quite a bit then I don't want to eliminate this as a possibility.

Anyone have any experience with this?
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I have both and for lake use the C-22 is great for weekend outings for 2 or 3. If you are going to trailer then its easy. The C-26 is nice for the extra room but we spend 3 to 4 days at a time alot. I'm not looking forward to when it has to me trailered even with the idea its ment to be a trailer sailer. "I think we need a bigger truck"

What I find is you want to spend more time in the cockpit then the cabin. Start out with a 22 and see what your needs will be.
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Agreed. I have a Helsen 22 and love it. Easy to trailer, easy to sail. As for the stink bathe and stop eating beans.

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@MarioG how often do you take your 22 on the trailer?

@Maverick lol, stink bathe? It will mostly be my wife.. she gets to live with what I think you are referring to now as it is
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I am in the same "boat" as you are Jim. Trying to determine if I want something around 22 or a 25 that I can move if I want too. I am leaning twords a 25 as the lake I will be at is only 20 minutes away. Its not called the land of roughly 10,000 lakes for nothing..... I only plan on moving the boat, if I get one, when we go to larger lakes to the north. Depends on what your PITA tollerance is I guess and what it takes to get the boat out of the water and transportable.

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I'm in Idaho.. everything is a mountain lake. There's one marina in within about 200 miles, and it has 42 slips. There's about 1.5 million people within 20 miles of where I'm sitting, so if you do the math you'll realize that we all trailer. Everywhere. On the plus side, there are 5 lakes within 90 minutes, so there's plenty of room.

Having said all of that, I have a 19 foot boat because I haul it with a minivan. (Yeah.. I'm cool enough for a minivan.)

Looking around at the local sailing club membership, there are at least 30 boats in the 24 foot or longer range. Lots of those guys have huge trucks and need 2 hours to setup/teardown a boat. On the other hand, the 3 or 4 guys I sail with use your basic f150 type truck.. nothing fancy. The water-ballasted boats are great for that.

And the only piece of advice I'm smart enough to offer is this... I'm also a huge fan of buying extremely inexpensive 'first' boats... I figure about 99% of humanity will want a new boat within two years after their first boat. So it doesn't matter what you buy now. Go buy a $20,000 boat.. in two years, you'll want a new one. Buy a $2,000 boat.. in two years, you'll want a new one. On the other hand.. you buy an expensive boat now, you are going to loose money on it. First, you'll loose money because you aren't as familiar with the market as you will be in two years. Second, you'll loose money because boats don't appreciate in value.. they always depreciate. Course, the depreciation on a $2 grand boat is a couple hundred dollars. The depreciation on that $20K McFabulous boat is several grand.

Anyway, for what it's worth, in my very humble opinion, heck yes a trailerable boat is worth it! And if you decide to visit the great lakes, you can do it. Or take a week camping trip in another state? Go wild!

And like I said.. I do it in the foothills of the rocky mountains with a minivan.. so a guy on the plains with a modest truck will be in great shape

I'm just saying.

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What do you propose to tow with and how many miles and or how often will you tow.

How often do you see yourself rigging the mast and how many people will there be to do it.
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i have a mac 22 and it only takes about 20 minutes for me and my wife to set up for the day. I have no problems trailering with my jeep, but the lake is only about 15 minutes away. Spent the night on it a couple of times, just me and the two kids, kinda crowded but not too bad. I do wish it was a little bigger for the overnights.
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So the plan for next spring is to purchase a 22'-25' trailerable boat. We live in SE of Nebraska so most coastal destinations are simply out of reach for us on all but the most ambitious of vacations.

I am struggling between bigger 25' boats with a larger cabin and the smaller 22' boats that would be easier to trailer and setup.

Things I think I know...

1) I am going to get a permanent slip at a reasonably close (cpl hours away) lake
2) We expect to sleep on the boat on those weekends for a night or two
3) Expect to partake in the local sailing club's activities

Things I am not so sure of

1) Is trailering a 25' boat around just too much of a pain that people simply just don't do it that often?
2) Does sleeping on a 22' boat with 2-3 stink so bad that we would regret not getting the larger boat

My issue is, if I am fooling myself about the trailering around then I should probably just get a bigger boat 25-30 and leave it in the lake. It will be more comfortable. If on the other hand the idea of trailering around is something that people do quite a bit then I don't want to eliminate this as a possibility.

Anyone have any experience with this?
I would vote for getting the smallest boat that meets your Real Needs. And that may be a 20 to 22 footer. We cruised a Ranger 20 for 5 summers, and towed it with a four cylinder pickup. For instance, our former Ranger 20 would meet all of your 1 through 3 requirements. (Except that a third person would sleep on a cockpit seat under the boom tent.)
I used to raise the spar by myself, and being a fractional rig, it was a tall mast.
So, be realistic (and a bit ruthless) about your needs, other than a need to sail and be comfortable aboard for the occasional 3 day weekend.
If there are no used R-20's in your area, a Catalina 22 or SJ-21 would also do, it would seem.
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