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Old 08-02-2015, 11:41   #16
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The cat seems to fit the bill. I like the Potter look also. Thanks for the feed back, keep it coming and let me here stories of trailerable places in Oregon. Also, I know they are out of my price range but does anyone have experience with a "First 20, or First 25"


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I've owned the Catalina 22 and sailed the Potter 19 as a club boat. You have much more room in the Catalina and usually the Potters are overpriced. Your sailing opportunities will be much more extensive with a swing keel trailerable than with any fixed keel or shoal keel because you can sail in some "skinny" water areas where a fixed keel would put you aground with no easy way of getting out of the muck. Remember when looking you are trying to see quality of build and care.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:05   #17
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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

The Island Sailing Club at end of D on Tomahawk Bay has boats in a variety of sizes. Rangers, San Juans, Catalinas etc (friendly) race on the Columbia boats often need crew. Check out the 45 degrees North newspaper. Advertise to share expenses for a boat... that's how I started with a Catalina 22 (good camper with a huge cockpit for it's size).

BTW... if the ASA classes didn't cover it, you need to get a Boater Safety card in Oregon.
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Old 08-02-2015, 13:57   #18
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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

I recommend Island Sailing Club. Located at Tomahawk Bay Marina on Hayden Island. Talk to Alan or Josh. 503.285.7765, Island Sailing Club & Classes.

If you must own...look for a US Yacht 22. Swing keel. Easy Trailering. Very easy to step mast, etc. Great Gunkholing boat. Shallow draft w/ keel up.

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Sail different boats before you buy,
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Old 08-02-2015, 15:47   #20
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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

Steve, look at your Honda manual, and it will tell you what the max recommended towing weight is. When you look at a boat, check sailboatdata.com for the weight of the boat, and figure the weight of the trailer, gear, and anything else you add to it. You dont want to be right at the limit, if you are doing much towing. Other than concern about tow weight, I agree with what everybody else has said about sail on as many other boats as you can, before plunking down your own dollars. Have a great time of it. ______Grant.
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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

Here's a cool one in your neck of the woods.


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Here's another great boat.




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Here's something you might want to think about. "Expedition" cruising is becoming very popular & this would work great for that.


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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

Thanks for all the suggestions. I looked into Island Sailing club and it does look like you can get experience sailing many different boats. I wish I could find a company that possibly rents trailerable boats in Oregon. I'm thinking Detroit Lake is close and may offer good times. I've been looking on Craig's list Oregon/Seattle and it changes daily. Still I agree that sailing someone else's boat may be good for awhile until I feel out one that I like.
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Re: First sailboat for Oregon?

The Columbia River is a good cruising ground nearby. It is amazing how remote it feels to be moored at Government Island, Rooster Rock, Beacon Rock, Washogal etc. one doesn't need to trailer to Detroit to get away from it all. Heck, sleeping at Tomahawk Bay is so quiet and peaceful you won't believe you're in the city.

Gotta say too... Raising your mast, adjusting rigging, and setting sails takes a lot of time you could be sailing or camping.


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Just saw this on the Boat US classifieds. Great price on a great extreme shoal draft cruiser. Edey & Duff were high quality builders.


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