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Hi,

I used to have a little 19' keelboat, which I loved, but which came with the usual dock fees, divers, haul out, etc, but without the real size to do much beyond overnights to the (California Channel) islands. This was fine, as with my job etc, I couldn't do much more than overnights to the islands. Since we parted ways, I've been crewing off and on for friends, and having an ok time of it, but the people I crewed for have all since quit sailing, so I'm looking at getting back into the game. this time however, I don't necessarily want to sail around the world or anything so grandeous, just to be able to take myself and a friend or 2 out to the islands for a weekend.

I've been told that the Potter 14/15 is small enough that even my tiny car could tow it (Scion xb) and that with a retractable keel, it is both self righting and beachable, which sounds almost too good to be true. I know she'll be small, and so really 2 or 3 people is going to be the absolute max, but I think I'm ok with that.

I've just about dug myself out of the debt I acrewed as a younger man, and I'm hoping I'll be able to buy a used boat this winter, and have time to do some freshwater tests and the little repairs and improvements that always come with a "new" boat.

Anyone have any thoughts on this, or another small trailerable boat appropriate for the California Channel Islands?

Thanks. :)

-- James
 

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Thanks. The more I look at it, the more it looks like I'm going to need to get myself a new car, so I can tow a bigger boat. I love my little (30mpg) toaster, but if I want to be a trailer sailor, it's either 2 cars (can't afford the maintenance, insurance etc on 2) or or just upgrading to, perhaps an fj cruiser or something like it.

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The only club I knew of that was doing that was Offshore Islands (which I was, for a short time, a member of) I have some friends who were jeep fanatics, and so I'm tempted to get an older Cherokee, but the first thing I'm doing is meeting up with the "SoCal Potters" and going to try to bum a ride on a day sail with one of them to check out the boats. If a potter 15 seems like it'll fit the bill, then I might be good just where I'm at.

Thanks for all the advice, from everyone :)

I'll update in a month or two after I get a chance to check out the Potters. :)

-- James
 
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