Hi all. First ever sailing post here, so I'll join bsams on the newb bench. As one who spends way too much bandwidth in a car forum, I know he is off to an admirable start here. Details about me in an intro sometime soon, but to suffice for this thread, here is why I am looking at twin keelers of about this size or smaller ...
- Shallow draft
trailerable. My most likely use will be weekends on the Mississippi
(Lake Pepin, smaller pools above dams), or Minnesota
lakes Twin Cities and south ... but possible trips to Superior or Michigan. A twin keel
seems to be a good gunkholing beachable option. Will be looking at a mast
I can step alone with an A frame, though I will probably store it rigged on a trailer in a favored location. F250 4wd to tow.
- No swings or daggers to maintain or damage or fail or futz with underway.
- Pretty stable boat for learning
- Twin keelers seem in general to be solid boats. I was discouraged to read of oilcanning MacGregors, bottoms snapping out of swing keel Catalina
27s, and O'Days that seem guaranteed to need bulkhead replacement eventually. Twinners seem to hold up better, perhaps because they are built to hold their weight on the hard
- I haven't seen this yet in my two weeks of googling since infected by a sailing virus, but I wonder if it might be true. To paraphrase a common saying about my car (guess which?) ... Is it more fun to sail a slow boat fast than to sail a fast boat slow?
Curious where you are bsams? PM if you prefer not to post it. My best best is north, maybe Brainerd area, given your resort ownership
and the lake description. Have you clipped the bottom with those keels yet? How did that go? Best wishes as you start your adventure. Maybe in the next few years my similar boat will pull alongside for ftf greetings.