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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.