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Old 13-05-2010, 14:26   #1
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What's a Good Shoal Draft Weekend Trailer Sailer ?

I've been asked to recommend a shallow draft trailerable weekender. And as astonishing as this will be to those who know me, I have no knowledge of, or opinion on these kinds of boats. I am guessing a good boat for two people to spend a long weekend on, that can be trailered, and can travel through less than, say, two feet of water, would be a monohull.

ALL my research and experience for the past ten years has been about multihulls. I don't know diddly about trailer sailing, shallow water, weekenders.

Can any of you monohull gurus who know these things point me in the right direction? these are things like Com Pacs and MacGregors.....right?
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Montgomery or Blackwatch is another one to look for. If you love multihulls you could always buy a Corsair.
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The smaller catalinas fit that description. I have a catalina 22 with the pop top and it is servicable for a weekend trip. My wife and two young children and I have been known to spend a few nights out in ours. The pros of the catalina are: long production run so there are lots for sale and they usually go pretty cheap, good availability of parts, less than 2' draft wtih the board up. The cons are: lackluster upwind performance, a lot of wasted potential storage space, and cramped side decks due to the unnecessary double standing rigging.

The catalina 25 might also be good choice, pretty similar to the 22 but the accomodations are more spacious.

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Old 14-05-2010, 10:00   #4
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Montgomery or Blackwatch is another one to look for. If you love multihulls you could always buy a Corsair.

I actually plan to buy a gemini later this year. This is for a friend of mine who is looking into going along with us, but he wants to keep his boat on a trailer.
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check out hake yachts in stuart. their 26 footer is sweet and can run in 2' of water. but would be a handful to launch.
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Pretty much all of the swing keel trailerables will do the job. There are some to avoid but I've gotten in trouble more than once by expressing my opinions on which ones they are.
I agree with fmooy. I like Catalinas. ComPacs and MacGregors, Ventures are up to the task. Pearsons, Islanders, Odays, Tartans are some others that come to mind. I truly like the West Wight 19 but they are hard to find, small and expensive.
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Hi check out the Bay Hen ,9" draft w board up ,will trailer better than any other,only 900lbs.,mast up and down in less than a minute and can hold its own in a blow. If you want to sail skinny water and nip under bridges you should check this one out.I did a solo shot through the everglades afew years back; not many sailboats could even consider this trip.....pm me :i have one fully equipted,like new.
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While I am bias, I love my 22' Edel 665, there are some deals on them out there. While we haven't trailered ours, I know other who do.

3'3" draft, but she is beamy at 8.25' sails great, very sturdy.
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Thanks for all the input. We probably wouldn't even consider anything with over 2' draft.

That Telstar 28 looks pretty spiffy, a shame there don't seem to be any for sale anywhere. Does anyone know the length of the bunks on a Telstar? there is like NO info on the Performance Cruising website on them any more. They seem to just be concentrating on the Gemini's now.
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im partial to my santana 2023.
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Try the Santana 2023

We love our Santana 2023 because it is water ballast, swing keel, and super easy to rig. Shoal draft is amazingly only under two feet, which we found out during a cruise to Cat Harbor, Catalina Island, during neep tide. But the boat is stiff enough to handle San Francisco Bay's strong winds too. The water ballast concept is great for long hauls, like we do around California. Give it a try.
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Hi Cannibul; this telstar is in Rhode Island: 2005 Performance Cruising Telstar 28 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com at $60,000.

The bunks are long and narrow.
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Many swing keel monohulls will fit that as mentioned previously. The water ballast Hunter 26 is one of the larger interior one's that would interest me. The West Wight Potter is a smaller, quick to rig boat that I'd also consider.

I once owned a Telstar 26 Trimaran. It had a draft of 2 feet with the boards up, but I would classify it as a trailerable pocket cruiser, not a weekend trailer sailor.
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for a Telstar in Reno, NV

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