Originally Posted by set_sail
I'm an aspiring sailor and I'm wondering what kind of boat and what size I need....I've done some research
and i think a monohull
would be better than a multihull
. I think that a sailboat 27' or larger would be ideal. I want something that can sleep at least 4 or 5 people, is capable for bluewater sailing as well as coastal/intracoastal sailing, and that is easily maneuverable into most locations including getting as close to shore as possible. Also want something that could be learned rather easily and can be sailed by 1 or 2 people maximum.
As tallyhorob says, your first boat will not be your last. With that in mind get a boat that fits your circumstances right now.
Those circumstances would be:
A) Want to learn to sail
B) Northern OK, which is not really a 1000mi from sailable water
, but then again there isn't anything big enough to be interesting for more than a couple days or a week.
In keeping with B) the boat should be trailerable or cartop-able.
In keeping with A) it should be cheap
and rigged fairly simply.
-Cheap because the reality is once you get into sailing you may not really like it as much as you thought, as a sailing instructor for more than 20yr I saw a lot of people get in and bail back out within 2 or 3 lessons. There are two ways to play that, one is that cheap
lets you back out of a wrong decision more easily. Expensive motivates you to stay with the sport long enough to get better at it, at which point you might like it more. You need to decide how much you want to spend and how to keep yourself motivated.
-Simply rigged means you spend more time learning to sail and less time setting up and putting away.
My reccommendations would go like this:
, cartop-able or trailerable with any vehicle bigger than a motorcycle, SMART cars included, 30min max set up and takedown, easy to store, $1-2k used, good resale, easy to fix most problems, maker still in business so parts
are available, really good boat to learn on. Downside is you will get wet a lot before you get good and only one person at a time.
Trailerable by any car, quick set up and takedown, $1.5-4k used, makers still in business, good boats to learn on, room for 2 maybe 3, storage
isn't too bad. Downside is you still get wet, need the second person in all but light-moderate winds, depending on how heavy you are.
3. Holder 20
, Trailerable by most cars (1400lb or so w/ trailer), moderately easy setup, $2-5k used, can sail singlehanded in all but heavy winds, can carry 5 or 6 depending on how cozy you can get and how heavy the winds are, "won't" capsize
, cuddy cabin
so you and a guest can stay on the boat overnight, retractible keel
, made by Hobie so parts
may still be available, though out of production for a while. Downside: storage
is getting harder.
4. Santana 20
Similar to Holder except 200-300lb heavier so tow vehicle required is getting bigger and maker is probably out of business. Fixed keel
making boat ride higher on trailer and needs deeper water to launch.
Similar to Holder,1200lb or so with trailer. $1-3k used, makers still in business. Downside: No cabin
so you have to rig a tarp to sleep out, some boats have fixed keelsm, makers are in Europe
Real cabin, sleeps 4, could go offshore
in a pinch with a lot of prep, Cal
is out of business but Seals
Spars is still providing good support for the class. Downside: 1950lb + trailer, fixed keel
Real cabin, sleeps 5, swing keel, Catalina
is still in business and this boat is still in production though an upgraded version. Downside: 2490lb + trailer
Real cabin, sleeps 4-5, could go offshore
in a pinch with a lot of prep, poptop for headroom
is out of business but Seals
Spars is still providing good support for the class. Downside: 4000lb + trailer, fixed keel.
LASER (INTERNATIONAL) Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
LASER 2 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
HOLDER 20 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
SANTANA 20 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
TEMPEST (INTERNATIONAL) Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
CAL 20 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
CATALINA 22 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
CAL 25 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
If you aren't going to go the getting wet a lot while learning to sail route
(dinghies are the best way to learn to SAIL, as opposed to all the other cruising things like anchoring
, navigating ....), then I would say go for the Holder. It's not too expensive to start with, cabin for overnighting, drop keel so launching easier, light enough you probably won't have to upgrade your vehicle, just get a tow package (you-install tow packages including
will run you about $500-600).
With a trailerable boat you can learn to sail on lakes close to home, then start trekking out to the Gulf for long weekends or longer vacations. Once you've done that you will have a better idea what you want to do on the water and the kind of boat you need.