I owned a 23 in the late 80s and 90s named "Salt Hart". It is the first sailboat I owned. Prior to this I had only wind
surfed and raced Hobie's. I have siled the Salt
Hart on SF bay
and lake Tahoe. I have nothing but praise for the boat! My only complaint was the V berth. It has a fixed keel and sails
good to about 25K, nevered tried more. The bay is rough and ready and a good trial for a novice
sailer and his boat.
Since the Salt
Hart I have owned a Hans Christian 33 and a Island Packet
31. I now own a Pacific Seacraft
Dana 24. I have lived aboard since 1996 and sailed the East Coast
. I rate the sailing enjoyment of the boats as follows. 1 is the Dana 2 is the Coronado 3 Hans Christian 4 Island Packet
These are not cheap
boats and as for sailing the 23 is right up there. For living aboard
it would be a 4. As for maintainence it is a 1 because of its simplicity. On a reach it will track hands off forever. For 1 or 2 it can go off shore on either coast and be a good ride.
I towed it with a 1970 Ford 1/2 ton pickup and a single
Hope this helps. Harley