Originally Posted by nbourbaki
Sounds like good advice.
For a local boat I'd either be looking at something to keep in a marina or something light enough to be towed by my minivan 3500lb max I think
Any specific suggestions?
I'm no help here, you get a different selection of boats (some pretty nice ones too), but 3500lb is not a lot for a more robust trailer sailer. My 20 footer was 2 tons (4000lb) on its trailer. Remember, the trailer can weigh nearly as much as the boat if it is well built.
In the case of the Austral 20, the original sales brochure said 1400kg on the trailer. But they released a second version with a heavier keel
and this combined with the decent after market trailer (the factory trailer was a toy), plus a few bits and pieces such as battery
, safety gear
, and my lot weighed in at exactly two tons on the weighbridge. If in doubt get a weighbridge check before you buy. Aside from the risk of running off the road because the car brakes/suspension can't take the strain, I found the certificate very helpful to have on hand when pulled over by the police for a random safety inspection
. The car was clearly rated to tow 4 tons, the weighbridge certificate said 2 tons and the happy policemen would wave me on.