Sorry, thinwater, see your PM now on my profile - thanks very much! Will certainly get in touch.
Thanks for the comments on the Mac, mstrebe, that was actually on the list because of its trailerability, fast motoring speed, and availability everywhere. Totally see how it could be a pain to set up - I use to rig a Telstar 28 (new version) every year, and trying to get the forestay on was a huge PITA, and often required me standing on the furling
drum while someone else edged out on the adjustable sprit to force the clevis pin in. The mirage kayak
looks awesome! My uncle owns a non-sail version with the Mirage drive and it is pretty great. Worse comes to worse, we can always do some serious camping in the O'Day skiff with a boom tent, sleeping bags and cushions
, or just do some daysailing in other places with it, if we end up with something too onerous to trailer and set up.
I'll take a look at the boats for the severely-handicapped suggested by Howaya and jreiter as well (thanks!). My parents are certainly not there, and hopefully won't be, but there are probably some good ideas there. The biggest concern is that if one falls in the water
, either under sail or at anchor
, neither is strong enough to lift
the other out without great mechanical assistance, and honestly not skilled enough yet to position the boat to do so. We'll work on that. An easy way to get back in the boat from the water
, without assistance and without having to do any kind of pullup, is critical.
Checked out the boatshow list and it looks like only a few small pocket cruiser
builders are going to be present: DragonFly, Compac, West Wight, and Seaward
. Still will be fun to go and get in the spirit of things! Thanks again for the continued advice!