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O'Day Mariner vs. South Coast 22

Hi everyone--We are relatively new to sailing and have owned a 1971 South Coast 22 for the last two summers. It's sturdy and forgiving of a lot of newbie mistakes and is moored on the lake down the street (which is fantastically convenient). My goal when I bought it, however, was to be able to trailer it to sail in other areas and have found stepping and unstepping the mast to be a total pain in the butt--less so with a gin pole, but still a lot of work.

We are thinking about a different boat that will allow us to sail on other lakes i.e. Moosehead Lake in Maine or inshore coastal waters to gunkhole among the islands. Would an O'Day Mariner mast be easier to step and unstep? Other things to consider? I suspect the Mariner would be more tender, but have not sailed one. Thanks for your insights.
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Re: O'Day Mariner vs. South Coast 22

I sailed a Mariner for 10 years on Lake St-Louis, Montreal. It's a fun boat. It's either an agile small sailboat or a forgiving big dinghy, depending on your sailing style.

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Also, usmariner.org is an excellent resource. It's only $15/year but it saved me a lot of time and frustration.

Mast stepping is easy on the Mariner, even single-handed. On the trailer, point the boat into the wind, rig up a gin pole at the bottom of the mast, run the jib halyard through the gin pole to the trailer's winch, crank the winch to pull up the mast. Make sure the shroud and backstay turnbuckles don't twist as the mast climbs up. Final step is to attach the forestay.

When the mast is down I leave the backstay and shrouds attached to their chainplates.

For transportation on the trailer and to simplify mast (un)stepping, my father built an extendable mast support that fits onto the rudder gudgeons. I doubt he spent more than $30 in lumber and hardware. Lower the support to hold the mast while towing, raise to (un)step the mast.

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