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Old 24-11-2020, 21:20   #1
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So I am looking for boat that I can trailer myself (beam no greater then 8'6") that I can launch myself with my truck. I would like a fixed keel, and a mast that I can step myself. It has to be sturdy enough for Lake Ontario and eventually take me to the Caribbean or the Med. It must be easy to single hand and have 6ft head clearance in the cabin. I am in no hurry and I am not a racer although going fast is not out of the question. I am not big on luxury but I need a comfortable place to sleep. It's mostly just me and maybe my wife.

I currently have a Sanjuan 24, great fast little boat. was good to cut my teeth on however my back hurts from being bent over all the time.

I was thinking a Grampian 26!!

Do you guys know of anything else out there that would fit the bill.
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Old 25-11-2020, 00:51   #2
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Norwalk Island Sharpie 26' or above
For example have a look at www.yachthub.com.au and do a search
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Grampian sounds a pretty good option. And there are a lot of them in Southern Ontario....

Good luck!
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Old 26-11-2020, 10:49   #4
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My boat, Columbia 29, has 6-0' headroom, draws 4' and has an 8' beam and so could be trailered without the oversize permit. But the permit is not a big deal. My boat is a bit heavy for it at 8000 lbs., I'd want a 3 axle trailer and a big pick-up for it. Try this thread, this has come up before in multiple threads too so try a search too.
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...es-175115.html
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Old 26-11-2020, 10:55   #5
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Always fond of Grampians. Sailed on many 26s and 30s, and owned a 34.

I haven't looked a the specs for all these boats, but some that might work are: a Mirage 26, or a Paceship 26, or perhaps a Northern 25 or even 29. What about a Bayfield 25 or 29?
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Old 27-11-2020, 06:40   #6
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I own a Grampian 26 hull# 329. Love my old girl to death. Big enough ( I'm 6'2" and really don't have to hunch over too much )
Can be fast if sailed properly. I'm in Canada and I wouldn't take my boat to the Caribbean because it's a step mast and not a full length keel. As a solo sailor I have to be as risk adverse as possible so when stuff does go to crap you are prepared. Strong and sturdy boat. I'll never worry sailing her.
I've seen plenty trailerable. I use the clubs crane to take down my mast. I think it's 8'3" beam.
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So I am looking for boat that I can trailer myself (beam no greater then 8'6") that I can launch myself with my truck. I would like a fixed keel, and a mast that I can step myself. It has to be sturdy enough for Lake Ontario and eventually take me to the Caribbean or the Med. It must be easy to single hand and have 6ft head clearance in the cabin. I am in no hurry and I am not a racer although going fast is not out of the question. I am not big on luxury but I need a comfortable place to sleep. It's mostly just me and maybe my wife.

I currently have a Sanjuan 24, great fast little boat. was good to cut my teeth on however my back hurts from being bent over all the time.

I was thinking a Grampian 26!!

Do you guys know of anything else out there that would fit the bill.
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Old 27-11-2020, 08:04   #7
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Thanks

I am in Canada as well, in Burlington, Bronte Outer harbour. I found a beautifully restored G26 in Barrie. Expensive thoe. Ther are a few more available but they will need alot of work. Still trying to decide.
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...I'm in Canada and I wouldn't take my boat to the Caribbean because it's a step mast and not a full length keel.
We all make our own risk calculus, but these are not two I would worry about on this boat. Nothing wrong with a properly designed deck-stepped mast. And as I recall from sailing G26s, the keel seems stout and adequate to the task.

Plenty of Canadians have sailed their G26s down to the Caribbean. I even met a family of four living and cruising on one. Personally, I'd have no issue taking one south if I was on my own.
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Good to know if the world goes to Hell in a handbasket, I can sail away
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We all make our own risk calculus, but these are not two I would worry about on this boat. Nothing wrong with a properly designed deck-stepped mast. And as I recall from sailing G26s, the keel seems stout and adequate to the task.

Plenty of Canadians have sailed their G26s down to the Caribbean. I even met a family of four living and cruising on one. Personally, I'd have no issue taking one south if I was on my own.
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Good to know if the world goes to Hell in a handbasket, I can sail away
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What do you mean IF!!!! I think we are prety much there I would start packing but I dont have a Grampian.... yet!
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