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Old 26-08-2016, 15:30   #16
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

Another Com-PAC boat that is noteworthy is different from most on the market, but is also acclaimed as "Boat of the Year" by Sail Magazine in 2012.

The Com-PAC 23 Pilothouse.

CP 23 Pilothouse, A Trailerable Cruising Sailboat from Com-Pac Yachts

Here is the surprising Sail magazine article, and it includes praise by the reviewer and a video. Noteworthy is the headroom inside the boat, the ENCLOSED head, the v berth that was comfortable for the 6'3" reviewer, the dual steering stations, etc.

Best Boats 2012 Winner: The Com-Pac CP 23 Pilothouse - Sail Magazine
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Old 26-08-2016, 15:47   #17
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

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Old 13-09-2016, 20:48   #18
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

I opted for a Hunter 25. For my lake adventures. I find it comfortable, we are able to cook, sleep and BBQ on the stern rail. The boat was a steal at 3 k, with a brand new 9.9 Mercury four stroke motor. Got a head, sleeps 5/6 and a killer sound system.

The ex owner was an engineer, and did a fantastic job re enforcing the trailer. He passed suddenly, hence the sale. The wife put a new set of four high end tires on the trailer the day before I purchased it.

I purchased a used dodger on Craig's list, and some Bimini hardwear, to mount and add 4 100 watt panels. So far, so good.

My last boat was also a decent boat for our family adventures, a Coranado 25, a big ol heavy bruiser didn't do anything great, but was decent and tight, in weather. Lots of week outings on the local lake an a bit of racing with the yacht club.

I'm also new to water sailing">blue water sailing, I have no illusions of simply getting on my 33 Mistral and checking out, a learning curve is going to be steep.

Have fun on your great adventure.

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Old 13-09-2016, 20:59   #19
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Thanks for the thoughts Dirk
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Old 13-09-2016, 21:09   #20
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

Your welcome, this subject matter, is one of the few I have a bit of an idea about. I'm like you, and needing a great adventure. i feel at home on a sailboat, and appreciate the ability to use the wind to explore.

I feel free when I'm on my boats. " we're also white water rafters for the past 20 plus years"

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Old 13-09-2016, 21:18   #21
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

Another vote for a Seaward 25 or 26RK, but then I'm biased. It's very stable, sails well, and has a lot of room and storage inside. It also has 8 opening stainless ports for great ventilation, and ours has a diesel inboard.

Other possibilities we've seen in our travels...Hunter 26 /260, Oday 26.
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

You didn't mention weather you need a boat that can be launched at a boat ramp. That makes a big difference in boat choice.
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I opted for a Hunter 25. For my lake adventures. I find it comfortable, we are able to cook, sleep and BBQ on the stern rail. The boat was a steal at 3 k, with a brand new 9.9 Mercury four stroke motor. Got a head, sleeps 5/6 and a killer sound system.

The ex owner was an engineer, and did a fantastic job re enforcing the trailer. He passed suddenly, hence the sale. The wife put a new set of four high end tires on the trailer the day before I purchased it.

I purchased a used dodger on Craig's list, and some Bimini hardwear, to mount and add 4 100 watt panels. So far, so good.

My last boat was also a decent boat for our family adventures, a Coranado 25, a big ol heavy bruiser didn't do anything great, but was decent and tight, in weather. Lots of week outings on the local lake an a bit of racing with the yacht club.

I'm also new to blue water sailing, I have no illusions of simply getting on my 33 Mistral and checking out, a learning curve is going to be steep.

Have fun on your great adventure.

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I have to agree with Dirk the trailerable Hunters from the early 90's to current are a reasonably good value (sometimes great value) on the market so their worth a look. When I was working yacht insurance we had a late 90's Hunter 260 that had the sails torn and debris broke thru the portlights in a windstorm. The boat was totaled and the salvage was bought (with the trailer) for under $800.00.
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Old 14-09-2016, 10:47   #24
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Another vote for a Seaward 25 or 26RK, but then I'm biased. It's very stable, sails well, and has a lot of room and storage inside. It also has 8 opening stainless ports for great ventilation, and ours has a diesel inboard.

Other possibilities we've seen in our travels...Hunter 26 /260, Oday 26.
Ahhh, fellow Seaward 25 sailors!

To add to your list...the O'Day 272LE. Saw one on sailboatlistings yesterday for less than $20k with the trailer and an inboard diesel. 'Power' mast raising system on the trailer. I do not much care for the 'look' of the boat but it does look like it has a chine like the Seaward and it also looks pretty roomy. May be a good value.

Edit: I hope this does not violate the rules but I found a Catalina 28 with trailer (I am always browsing on my lunch time). This makes for a good comparison of how one could transport a larger boat not made to be trailered on a trailer. The boat would need to be put on or lifted off via travelift. This boat is too pricey for me right now but it illustrates that there are people out there doing it.

http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/59651
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Ahhh, fellow Seaward 25 sailors!

To add to your list...the O'Day 272LE. Saw one on sailboatlistings yesterday for less than $20k with the trailer and an inboard diesel. 'Power' mast raising system on the trailer. I do not much care for the 'look' of the boat but it does look like it has a chine like the Seaward and it also looks pretty roomy. May be a good value.
The 272 is a nice boat but a bit large for a Trailer sailer (9' beam and fixed shallow keel) but for an occasional trailer haul not bad. I had a customer with one about 15 years ago, they have a nice layout inside and sail well for the shallow keel and short length. You can find them for a lot less then 20k I have seen some very clean one's here in New England for around 12k with the diesel.
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Re: Comfortable Trailer Sailer

Another vote for the Seaward 26RK. The retractable keel makes a huge stability difference when in windy or choppy conditions. My previous trailer sailboats (Cat22 and Hunter 240) have always seemed a little ginger in conditions above 15 knots. An inboard diesel and wheel make it feel like a bigger boat than it is.
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