My boat a Captiva 240 (no longer manufactured) is on a lake and a perfect lake sailer. My boat weighs only 2400lb including 1000lb balast. She has a "partial" shoal keel
with swing centerboard
. She can sail easily in as little as 5mph winds where other heavier boats can't. Light, shifty air is common on less than huge lakes. Lighter also means easier to tow and pull back up out of the water - this is a biggy. You will be putting in on steep ramps to get enough depth
the boat off the trailer. Don't opt for the minimum towing capacity or single wheel
drive. You will also want to forego inboard engines - too much weight. I have a 9.9 horse outboard
and it is more than enough motor
. You also have the ability to turn your prop, in addition to the tiller, to manuver the boat in tight spaces making manuvering easier.
Being able to raise and lower the keel
can work to your advantage not just for depth
and trailering, but the boat has less drag in light air, downwind and under motor
as well. Some of the other residents on our lake are an Irwin
, several Catalinas, a C and C, a few Macgregors, a Morgan
or two, and a couple that I don't recognize. All are from 22 - 25 feet. With the morgans weighing in the heaviest (about 5000lb). You can check stats for most boats at www.sailboatdata.com
Here lighter and nimbler is better. We are on a dammed river. So the lake tends to be narrow (1 -2 miles) and winding. The hills on either side and even tall islands make for very shift, unpredictable winds.
Also, it is illegal to have even a port-a-poty on the lake. If you have a head
it has to be removed or visibly sealed so that it cannot be used. For this reason, I would opt for the Port-a-poty. You can leave it in the truck while sailing if need be.
Just for safety's sake inquire about power lines crossing lakes that you sail. If present, they may not be high enough to clear. In our area there are signs posted to notify you of power lines, but nothing to let you know the clearance - you have to keep an eye out and stay clear.
PS. I thought I was going to be disappointed when I left the Gulf and transitioned to a lake, but I was, instead, pleasantly suprised. It is different and beautiful - I like it. I hope you do too.