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Old 23-08-2012, 09:22   #31
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Sandpiper 565. Our sixth season with this solid, Canadian-built trailerable. She's based on Lake Ontario, but gets towed to a new place almost every year for a weekend or two of exploration.

The boat is responsive in light air, points reasonably well, and when properly reefed can be comfortable up to 25kt. She often sails rings around larger boats in light to medium weather.

Although they stopped producing them around 1990, there's still support and a forum from her manufacturer. As well as a website from an enthusiastic owner. (hi Neil!)

We hold an annual get-together where we usually get around 9 to 11 boats out. We just got home from this year's event.



Summary - a great little boat with a strong community and active support.
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Old 23-08-2012, 10:43   #32
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Mermaid what is the draft and keel height. Check my link and you will see I have a fixed keel. Draws 23 in. Can be a bit of a pain to put her back on the trailer but definitely doable. I would gripe more about steping and unsteping....
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Old 23-08-2012, 12:55   #33
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Mermaid what is the draft and keel height. Check my link and you will see I have a fixed keel. Draws 23 in. Can be a bit of a pain to put her back on the trailer but definitely doable. I would gripe more about steping and unsteping....
She drafts 3'6" and I'm not sure about the keel height. Good question and something I should ask. He told me it wasn't an ideal "trailer" kinda' boat. She's really better off in the water. Makes sense, b/c rigging and setting the mast he said could take 2 ppl a solid 3 hours. Yeesh! But, we did get a solid quote on a slip through 'til Thanksgiving, so I'm good with that.


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Old 23-08-2012, 15:13   #34
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We are currently in negotiations about whether or not the Texas 200 should be our vey first trip to the gulf or whether we should have some experience before such a commitment.
Who are you negotiating with, each other?

Also note there's a lot of pocket sailors on The Trailer Sailor - Home
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Old 23-08-2012, 15:42   #35
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Who are you negotiating with, each other?

Also note there's a lot of pocket sailors on The Trailer Sailor - Home
Yep. I think it might be a good thing to have other people around for our first trip to the gulf, the other party thinks we should get some gulf experience before taking on that particular challenge.

I use the same screen name over on that there forum.
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Old 23-08-2012, 16:20   #36
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O'Day 25 fin keel. Two trips from SF to Mexico and back. Once by the clipper route, once via Hawaii.
I think the Contessa 26, Cape Dory or PS Dana are the way to go. Not as fast but more comfortable.
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Old 23-08-2012, 19:20   #37
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Dos Gatos, what were your daily averages on your to and from Hawaii passage? Having sailed a Contessa 26 for many miles you peeked my curiosity?_____Grant.
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Old 23-08-2012, 20:00   #38
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Hi all. 1974 O'day 22. Although I have agreed to sell her to a friend. For the moment she is like a child in a custody battle every weekend.
ExCalif here is a long video, but if you are patient you can see the interior. I went with granite galley.
Thanks for sharing that.

Interesting that you put a full bulkhead and door. This is one of my debates. I am thinking to go the other way and open up the bulkheads although this makes head privacy a concern as it is located on the centerline up against the aft end of the v-berth.
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Old 23-08-2012, 22:27   #39
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Well I basically followed the original lay out although made a few smalll modifications.
This being my first wind boat after all. I think if you opened up the bulkheads it would not be a problem for privacy as you can always close up the cabin. In a boat you know what other people are doing in the cabin anyway.
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Old 23-08-2012, 22:38   #40
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Re: So - Pocket Yachtsmen - UNITE ! (How many of us are there?)

Ah, good, I can get back into my own thread now! I was getting server errors.

jean, agreed.....especially if they ate beans and you have to lock down the cabin in heavy weather.
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Old 23-08-2012, 23:07   #41
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1980 San Juan 23 with trailer. Freshly restored. Sails great!
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Oh the days when I lived aboard my Catalina 22 fin-keeler! More cheaper sailing time and less maintenance and expense.
Now our club has a West Wight Potter 19 kept on a trailer. I trailed it over to Kona for a week and sailed a few miles both directions out of Honokohau. We used to keep it on a mooring here in Hilo but after it broke free twice we've decided the trailer is a much much better option. I've got lots of experience with hull repairs on the WWP19 and can attest to the fact that even holed in a couple places and water was 18" deep in the cabin we could motor it a mile to the boat ramp. Didn't try to sail it in those conditions. If you are still bendy enough they are great little boat.
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I got a tour of a Yankee Dolphin the other day and it was a beauty. It sails out Kona with Captain Jerry.
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Dos Gatos, what were your daily averages on your to and from Hawaii passage? Having sailed a Contessa 26 for many miles you peeked my curiosity?_____Grant.
I don't know the average. 22 days from Cabo to Hilo, not sure the track miles. 26 days Oahu to SF 3000nm.
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WOW, 3000miles on an O'day 25. definately an achievement.

I have an Aquarius 23', easy to trailer, and not too hard to step mast. I use 2 people, 1 to lift from cradle, and the other to take up slack in forestay.

So far a pretty easy to sail boat.
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