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Re: How do you find one?

Craigslist is probably the best way to find a local boat like this. It shouldn't be hard.

FWIW, day sailing a trailerable boat normally only works when the boat lives on its trailer close to the launch ramp with its mast up. It's one thing to simply launch, sail and retrieve a boat.

Raising the mast and otherwise setting up the boat and then having to break it down again is way too much work for a day sail. Don't ask me how I know.
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For 10 years we would step and launch out Lancer 25 every time we sailed. When we were really good and motivated, it was 20 minutes from the time that I stopped the truck to when she floated free. It's about the preparation and mods to speed things up.

That said . . . pick up a copy of The Complete Trailer Sailor by Brian Gilbert. It has tons of great information about this but best of all, the back is chock full of small boats in the 10-26' range. There are specs, sketches, photos, pros, cons: all the stuff to help you pick out the boat with the perfect features for you. One thing that I would recommend keeping in your radar is a real head. Most smaller boats have a bucket in the middle of the cabin; not fun for a shy crew member. IN the 25', shoal keel variety, you often find a small head, probably a porta-pottie.
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Re: How do you find one?

A pristine Catalina 25 can be had for around 10K. However, your tow vehicle is not up to the task. Boat and trailer will be 6-7000 lbs, loaded, probably more. Cream of the crop years are 1987-1991, with a wing keel. Swing keel models are also readily available, they are trailerable, but require a little more maintenance.

The Catalina 25 International Association can be found here:

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One of the members has this boat for sale:

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/b...802397479.html
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Craigslist is probably the best way to find a local boat like this. It shouldn't be hard.

FWIW, day sailing a trailerable boat normally only works when the boat lives on its trailer close to the launch ramp with its mast up. It's one thing to simply launch, sail and retrieve a boat.

Raising the mast and otherwise setting up the boat and then having to break it down again is way too much work for a day sail. Don't ask me how I know.
Except on the Com-Pacs...thus my interest in them.
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Roughly when do used boats start coming up on CL and elsewhere? April? May? Iím checking every day, but with all the snow in my area, I donít think too many people are thinking about sailing.
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Nice to see another Minnesota sailor. I went to Florida to get my First 235. You just have to be diligent n your search. Try Hooper's Yachts, he usually has a decent selection. What lakes are you wanting to sail? I just saw a 235 that came up for sale in South Carolina. Craig's List is probably better than most. For SailboatListings, check that ad date as a lot go stale and are old. Hit me up if you have any MN questions. I sail on Minnetonka, Wayzata Yacht Club.
I got out to Hooper's last week and pretty much nothing was visible under the snow. Today, if one is willing to cross the mud, the leftovers of 2018 are in plain view. I looked at an older Suncat today, but there was a lot of moisture on interior trim boards adjacent to the portside chainplate. There was a decent Cape Dory, a Sanibel and a Potter, but all of the owners seem to be rather optimistic about their value.

It was a fun day of poking around, but nothing that wanted to follow me home. I'm still stalking the ads and hoping to see a bit better selection in the local boatyards.
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I see quite a few listed on Facebook marketplace. I bought a Montgomery 17 in January; it needs a little work but will be ready in May. I'd suggest regularly searching Craigslist & facebook. Good Luck!
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+1 on C22, swing keel, 86>, perfect for your application and specs, under your budget and plenty out there...

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I'm surprised how slow the ads are coming. I would have guessed that March and April were much busier for those trying to trade up for something this year.

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I'm surprised how slow the ads are coming. I would have guessed that March and April were much busier for those trying to trade up for something this year.
I have found trailer sailers more difficult to find on the used market than keel boats. The storage and repair costs on keel boats are high enough sometimes people would do just about anything to get rid of them. A good dry sailer kn the other hand costs basically nothing to own if you aren't using it, so the incentive to sell just isn't there.
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