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Old 11-12-2016, 17:25   #1
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Trailerable, cheap, seaworthy for Newfoundland

I thought I had it out of my system from sailing from Baltimore to Grand Manan and back this year, but my Newfoundland dreams keep popping into my head. I did realize this summer that sailing up there short handed would have been a long trip and a lot of work.

So now I'm thinking about going up there in the summer with a trailerable boat, putting it in and spending the summer circumnavigating.

Trying to figure out what kind of boat would work for this.

Ideally
1) Mass produced and cheap
2) Trailerable with a decent car
3) Sleeping space for two and enough stores for a month or so, give or take
4) Seaworthy, safe, not too horribly wet
5) simple
6) Ramp Launchable

Not sure I'm going to get all that in one boat.
Boats that I've pondered that have pluses and minuses
Nordica 20
Smaller Cape Dories
Oday 2+2 and various Rhodes designs
Nor'Sea 27

I probably would want to sell the boat after the trip so would hopefully not have to invest a ton in something like the Nor'Sea 27 (which would need a truck anyway), but I would ponder all suggestions.

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-12-2016, 18:18   #2
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O'Day 23 , we had one . Surprising amount of room . We would still might have it but head room was a issue .http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=348
Add note : it will not store enough for a month .
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Second on the Oday 23. I also have one, and it is large for its size. Second on the lack of headroom also. On ours at least, you have to open the hatch to stand up inside (which you are half outside at that point).
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Second on the Oday 23. I also have one, and it is large for its size. Second on the lack of headroom also. On ours at least, you have to open the hatch to stand up inside (which you are half outside at that point).
The O'Day 23 would benefit from a dodger , but if you had one built from scratch it might cost more than the boat !
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A dodger would be great. A boom tent works nicely when not sailing. Of course, if the OP were to get the model had a pop-up cabin, that would be very ideal I would think.
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Benneteau first 23. Solid. Fast. Roomy.
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I've always been snobby about beneteaus but that 23 actually seems like a great idea.
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Yes the nor sea is expensive,alas they will bring you home as that is what they were designed to do. And they are sought after so selling is pretty easy.
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Having only ever sailed in Newfoundland I would recommend the Nordica or Halman line. There are some long and lonely sails along this coast and any boat in that size range will be slow so it had better be solid and easy in at least 2 metre seas. Best we hope for here is 1 to 2 metres.

I know of some folks with the Nordica and they love it for this area. It stands up to a blow pretty well and considering it's always a blow here that must factor into your decision.
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Edel 665.
French design , were made in Canada late 70s through 80's
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O'Day 25 CB version. I had a fixed fin keel one but my personal issue was the lack of diesel engine as an OB was not working out for me. The headroom is on a short side at 5'6" but not too bad once you get used to it. Surprisingly spacious inside with numerous and cavernous nooks and crannies. Mine looked practically empty when I would rummage through them but when it was time for cleaning I took out an enormous amount of stuff out. Also minimal wood in and out as they were mass produced with the ease of use and maintenance in mind. But the quality is not too shabby everything else considered. And definitely a tad above comparable makes and models.

The CB version would be easily trailerable and launchable as well as almost beached bow to having about 2-2.5' draft with the board up. Nice roomy cockpit one can sleep in. You can find them practically for dirt cheap as over 3000 were made and 90% of them CB version. If you google you can find a blog of one owner who in the late 90s took his Oday 25CB from Long Island to Marathon Key. If not for the diesel motor issue I would certainly still have mine. It hit all the right spots for very short money.
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Edel 665.
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I learned to sail on these and in my memory they are nice, seaworthy little boats. But I suspect that capacity for provisions might be a problem for this type of trip and, of course, they have no headroom.
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Seafarer 22 . McCurdy & Rhoades designed & says built for offshore. One of 2 versions has raised cabin. Seafarer 26 can fit on a trailer at 8ft 3in beam & built for offshore. With 6ft 1in headroom.
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Nordic Halman seems like a decent choice. I sailed the southern shore about 10 years ago. Lots of dangerous lonely water up there and no one to bail you out if you get in trouble. Good luck and stay safe.
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See a benneteau 23 interior layout& you will never forget it.(smart & wow, how did they do that?),. Usually @$8,000-$10,000. And, the bow has no over hang, just straight up & down. Seafarer. See "Seafarer Research." Brags about room & construction. @$500 to $5000. & Some diesel on 26. I forgot** Seafarer 24 !
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