If you pursue the smaller boat idea, which is probably a good idea, take a look at Cals. I'm a Cal
22 owner...I look at Cal
22's for sale
during the winter to research
possible improvements/upgrades I could make to my boat come spring....I've noticed you tend to have a few of them for sale
at any given moment in SoCal. I think at an introductory price
you could satisfy some of your criteria with a boat similar to mine, all the while not breaking the bank and having something you can resell when the time comes to move up. Cal 22's are fast (fin keel
version) and a blast to sail. They have enough area below for an overnight or weekend (1 or 2 people)...much longer would be pushing it.
Cal 22 is trailorable, though the fin keel
version is not something I would want to step up and launch frequently. You need help to step up the mast
. They weigh about 2200lbs. Tiller. You can not stand up in the cabin
, so I am sure there would be some concessions from where you started in this thread, but if you go the smaller boat route
, take a look. They are also quite modern looking for an 80s boat. I've had mine for a year and love it....I was in a similar situation to you when I found her. It's a lot less expensive way to have a lot of fun and gain knowledge for the future.
I found this one in Santa Cruz
the other day. It looks like a good deal if the bottom is good. Check the bottom for blisters
on Cal 22s.
BOAT: Cal 22' Sailboat in Santa Cruz Harbor. Must sell.