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Old 11-10-2009, 08:42   #1
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Perfect Midwest Single Handed Boat?

I just went and looked at a Lightning for a good price here locally. Trailering it out, rigging, and launching alone would have been a chore. The boat is set up for racing with adjustable fore and aft stays and a four side stays. Solid boat at a good price with what are supposed to be crispy sails that needs a little TLC.
We talked about it and he agreed it isn't the best choice for someone that trailers and sails alone most of the time. He suggested one of the 15-16 foot boats might be more suited to my purpose.
What is the prefect, in your opinion, trailer sailboat for Midwest lakes and such where the boat will have to be set up each time off the trailer? Keep in mind that most of the time I would be sailing alone.
There is Y-Flyer and an Enterprise available cheap also locally. The Enterprise is old sails and oil canned hull. The Y-Flyer is supposed to have a full sail selection and be ready to sail. Don't know as that is any better than the Lightning tho.
I scraped frost off the windshield to go look at the Lightning this morning, so dry sailing is pretty much a requirement for anything sailed after this time of the year around here.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:01   #2
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This is the ideal boat for you - easily launched, sails really nicely and has a huge cockpit

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Old 11-10-2009, 09:16   #3
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I do not know if they have made it to your side of the pond - but the drascombe range would probably be well worth a look.

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Their use of two masts, and a lugsail means that the rigging remains at a size that is easy to handle.
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