Mike, two things you didn’t mention. One, your budget
. Two, what vehicle you plan on doing it with.
I have two trailerable boats. One I keep for delta
and local areas... like Tahoe.
It has a swing keel and is called a Sharpie. See them on yacht world and boat listings from time to time. It is 28 foot. But my trimaran
is a 30 footer and I keep it down in Mexico
in San Carlos
I will make the case for trailerable boats every time. They are the correct choice for many reasons. Interesting things happen when a boat sits in salt water
365 days a year. Growth, corrosion
, humidity, insurance
, mooring fees
, UV damage to halyards and paint
. Costs by state and local municipal tax people who want to rape you because you have a boat in the water
. Thank u California
. But I’m sure other states do it also. Attendant problems of getting down to the boat for weather
checks and mechanical checks.
When on a trailer you escape almost all of these issues... or at a fraction of in the water boats. But the main reason trailer boats are wonderful is you can drive them to a sailing venue and drop them in. Stay a couple of days or a month. Then back home or find a storage
area and button her up.
Look closely at the Corsairs or Farriers. Same designer
. I have a Condor 30 foot. She is trailer able but not as easy to launch or derig as the Corsair. But I didn’t pay a third of their cost. I can stand up in mine and has a decent galley
and toilet that can stand up in. With trimarans you get speed up to mid teens without pushing them. You won’t see that in mono hills unless you have boo coo money
. They are shallow draft
. I think mine draws 18 inches with center board up. They are completely different design than lead keel. So my boat weighs 3500 lbs. I have a one ton diesel
There is also the Pacific Seacraft
. The small ones are less than 28 foot and solid blue water
cruisers. There are also the Contessa 26 footers that can be trailered. But boats with full keels are no joke. Really need a marina and crane to launch. Not a ramp
Wish u luck.