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One Design vs PHRF: Arms Race?
We have been considering getting a small sleep aboard keelboat in addition to our trailer sailer. It probably won't be for this season because our dance card is already full but I have been reviewing the local one design fleets wondering if that would be a good way to go or if we would be better off with a more generalist PHRF boat.
The boat would not be used for "Cruising", just week ends and week night racing, we prefer our trailer sailer for exploring, for a bunch of reasons, not least of which is our local lake (10 min from work) is land locked between two hydro dams and only 30 miles long.
I have been reviewing our local one design fleets and they include; C&C 27, J24, Kirby 25, Tanzer 22, Shark, Martin 16, Fireball, Albacore, 505 and Laser. So there is no shortage of choice. So if I forget about the dinghies, there are still some pretty affordable keelboat options, namely the Shark and Tanzer 22, either of which can be had for $500-1000 around here.
The question is, even with these little boats, how big of an arms race is it, assuming you dont want to finish last every time? Do the cost of upgrades and sails get goofy? Is it easier just to do PHRF? Not looking for hard facts, just folks general observations/feelings on small one design keelboat racing.