I am sure to make a ton of friends with this comment (sarcasm), but here is my version of the truth.....I wouldn't take a certain cheap
boat that starts with an M if you gave it to me. Especially the ones with huge outboards on the back. They can't possibly sail worth a damn with that tiny rig. I see them all the time wallowing around on the Columbia
River, looking pretty lost
and out of place. Used boat
places are FULL of them, and I suspect it's because they are poor sailers, and pretty poor powerboats. If you want a powerboat, go buy one, but don't try to sail it! Please consider my old man advice
and stay away from the 'roomiest' boats for their lengths, with the skinniest (cheapest) standing rigging
, smallest, thinnest booms and masts, and cheap
, cheap cheap, thin, crappy fiberglass hardware
everywhere. They are built, IMHO, to appeal to Boat Show
novices who don't have any idea what a real sailboat should be, and none should ever be taken anywhere where the weather
and water could get the least bit rough.
BTW: Back in the day, I trailer sailed a Windrose 18 (swing keel) for 5 years (cute, but tiny and slow), and used a Catalina
25 with swing keel
for a total of 18 years (once finished 3rd in the Cat 25 Nationals). Never LOVED it, but the boat was very solid, pretty stable (if reefed early) and was pretty roomy for 25' I would NOT recommend a swinger for constant salt water
, however, and they are NOT 'ocean boats' in terms of any sort of crossing where weather could turn. I trailered mine many times 250 miles to the San Juan Islands
and Canadian Gulf islands for weeks at a time, but it LIVED in the freshwater of the Columbia River. Salt
is just too hard on the lifting cable, the keel pivot, the bushings, and the lead keel itself. Would a WING keel suit you? A bit slower, but no worries about the swing business. Stay AWAY from water ballast, imho, if you want any sort of stability.... The idea is to keep water OUT of the boat, to my way of thinking!
If this seems MEAN, I'm sorry, but I'm trying to share many years of knowledge, many of it on ocean racing
30'ers of the Sparkman and Stephens design. I just want to save you some grief. Maybe consider buying
a bigger pickup and get the Erickson 25 or one of the other, beefier, safer, more beautiful designs mentioned here.....I'll wait for the hate mail.....