FWIW, I have launched and retrieved my MacGregor
21 using our front-wheel-drive Volvo
. No troubles, but maybe I haven't been at a steep enough ramp
You can consider bringing along a 50-lb bag of traction sand, in case of a slimy ramp at low tide. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, place that bag and a few more right over your rear axle.
I try to time all my launches/retrievals for close to high tide, both to get the driest possible ramp, and just 'cause higher water
usually makes for easier launches.
Much as I would love to have a big boat waiting for me at a marina, trailer sailing does have a few benefits . . . the range of sailing locations you can reach on short notice is pretty amazing. Six hours to the south of me is the Chesapeake. Six hours north is Maine
. And all in between can be reached any day I like. In a perfect world, I would have all summer, or all year, to slowly enjoy all that and down to the Bahamas
. . . . But alas, I usually have to see it in one-week trips as work allows.
Also a trailer sailer can be much easier to work on. Just bring it home and put it in the back yard and work away any time you please.