Hello all and thanks for any thoughts you may have for us.
My husband and I are planning on buying
a boat that will allow us to sail in many Montana lakes as well as an occasional month long excursion to the Bellingham / San Juan
area for liveaboards and cruising (probably 1 mnth a year for 2 yrs). Our ultimate plan is to hone our sailing skills for a few years with this boat, then move up to something bigger for a longer 6 month - 1 year ocean trip (location to be determined) in 2-3 years.
For this immediate boat to sail in MT and occasionally the San Juans, we forsee needing the following characteristics:
* Trailerable and light enough to be pulled by a 4 cylinder 2009 Tacoma (max towing weight 3500 lbs, but we'd rather be around 2,000-3,000 lbs)
* Comfortable berths for 2 with the ability to have 2 additional guests sleeping aboard occasionally, with a cockpit
tent an option
* Stove, preferably 2 burner
* More concerned with stability vs speed
* Would prefer swing or retractable keel/centerboard/daggerboard vs water
* Well constructed for both lake sailing and near coastal (San Juans)
* Relatively inexpensive (<$4000 with trailer/motor). We are handy and capable of working on cosmetics as long as the boat is sound
* Having a setup that can be fairly easily single-handled would be preferred.
I have a sailing background, but my husband is a beginner. Are there any other major considerations anyone think we need to consider? (I'm sure there are tons.)
Right now we're considering the West Wight Potter 19 as our first choice. We also love the Pacific Seacraft
Flicka, but they, of course are beyond the budget
at this point. The following boats have also been recommended by an experienced friend: Catalina
25, older Hunters, O'Days, and Cals. Any thoughts on these or any others? Any other glaring details we are overlooking? Any and all thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks so much in advance.