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Trailerable Sailboats Under 5,000lbs

Discussion in 'Trailer Sailors' started by rustyw007, Apr 24, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. rustyw007

    rustyw007

    Joined Oct 18, 2015
    35 posts, 4 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Stevensville, MD Kent Narrows, MD
    Hi,

    I'm trying to compile a list of all trailerable sailboats that meet the following requirements. I'm sure there are very strong opinions about which boat is "better" - but at this point all I'm trying to do is identify what boats fit the "requirements".
    • less than 5,000lbs with engine and basic gear (not all the stuff we tend to accumulate)
    • enclosed head (porta-pottie OK but must be enclosed)
    • min draft of 24" (must be able to get to skinny water and be easy to launch via standard boat ramp)
    • less than $15,000
    The list I have so far seems pretty short. That last bullet item (draft) seems to guarantee the list will include only swing keels and/or water ballast boats. The enclosed head rules out some great boats like the C-22.

    My list so far:
    1. Macgregor 26
    2. Hunter 26, 260
    3. Catalina 250
    4. Catalina 25 (swing keel) - too heavy?
    Appreciate any other boats you might think of!
    Thanks!
     


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  2. svchickadee

    svchickadee

    Joined May 8, 2011
    151 posts, 14 likes
    ODay 25
    US Cambridge
    Oday 25 centerboard model with an after market kick up rudder (Rudder Craft for example). Draft is 2.25' with the board up.
     


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  3. Bosman

    Bosman

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    261 posts, 17 likes
    Solina 27
    CA Wabamun, Alberta
    2004+ TES 678BT / 720BT available in Canada will fit your criteria. There was a used one sold recently in Ontario for ~$24,000 Canadian so about US $17,000.
     


  4. billbag414

    billbag414

    Joined Mar 21, 2017
    7 posts, 1 likes
    None 30
    Us Kingwood Usa
    I am trying doing the same, for a purchase today. the 5000# is not as important to me. Trailerable is , a big lake in my hood, livingston Texas, does not have any travel lift, thus occasionally we will need a trailer.
    The Catalina 22 various, original is presently off my list, SLOW.
    The Catalina 22 Sport, Catalina Capri 22, both have good PHRF numbers, which means they will move. The Hunter 216 is a good choice, but has issues with the material they built it from. My opinion. The Hunter 23 various? ? A recent 22 Hunter?
    My thoughts surround J 22/24 but I really need shoal draft. Gotta lot of miles, offshore in a J24.
    That's my thoughts quick version. Keep me in your loop, or I will drag out my hand written. Try to add to your spread sheet.
    Regds billbag414@gmail.com
     


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  5. Cat 310 #1 in GA

    Cat 310 #1 in GA

    Joined Jan 17, 2013
    198 posts, 16 likes
    Catalina 310
    US St. Simons
    Check out the Rhodes 22. No finer trailerable cruising boat.
     


  6. billbag414

    billbag414

    Joined Mar 21, 2017
    7 posts, 1 likes
    None 30
    Us Kingwood Usa
    Thanks, have not seen one in my neighborhood. Problem, drive 1000 miles, boat is OK, how do we get it back to home? The trailer is most important in these little pos boats.
    How is the trailer??
    I am in Houston area, got one, advise.
    Thanks, Bill
     


  7. rustyw007

    rustyw007

    Joined Oct 18, 2015
    35 posts, 4 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Stevensville, MD Kent Narrows, MD
    Interesting... I dismissed the Rhodes thinking "No Enclosed Head" - like the C-22. I don't count a privacy curtain as "enclosed". However, upon closer inspection I see they do have a rather unique way of making an enclosed head out of folding partitions. Adding it to my list... thanks!

    1. Macgregor 26
    2. Hunter 26, 260
    3. Catalina 250
    4. Catalina 25 (swing keel) - too heavy?
    5. Rhodes 22
     


  8. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,231 posts, 430 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Yep. Have to agree with that one
    I have a project Rhodes in my yard right now
     


  9. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,352 posts, 1,215 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Beneteau First 235. Done.

    Huge inside for its length.
    Marine head or porta in an enclosed space
    Wing draws 3'2? Easy to trailer.
    Awesome build quality, most good ones in the US$10k range.

    And faster than every boat on your list.
     


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  10. bletso

    bletso

    Joined Aug 20, 2013
    80 posts, 5 likes
    Globe 38
    US PCB
    I had a Catalina with swing keel. With the trailer was about 5500 #. We trailered it from Ky to Keyes to PCB. Fun boat. Even sailed her from Key Largo to Bimini.
     


  11. rickff

    rickff

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Its a bit hefty for some, but an S2 7.9 is fast, roomy, with a national organization.
     


  12. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    417 posts, 68 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Huntsville, AL Guntersville, AL
    O'Day 25 or 26 should work, newer might be nicer then again older are cheaper.
     


  13. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    5,644 posts, 522 likes
    MacGregor, Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Call me biased, but you've left out the MacGregor 25.
     


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  14. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,231 posts, 430 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Those are fast.... I've sailed in one once. Almost bought one but they are hard to find with a keel that is in good shape.
     


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  15. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    5,644 posts, 522 likes
    MacGregor, Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    I may have one for sale soon...:biggrin:
     


  16. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,352 posts, 1,215 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    An awesome choice.
     


  17. cb32863

    cb32863

    Joined Jun 29, 2010
    764 posts, 61 likes
    Beneteau First 235
    US Lake Minnetonka, MN
    Second on the 235, after going on season 3 with mine I wouldn't consider anything else on your list and I have owned an O'Day 25, sailed on a Catalina 22 and a Hunter 23.
     


  18. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,231 posts, 430 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Unless there is a shoal draft version, I don't think the 235 meets the O.P.'s specs. The O.P. said a 24" minimum draft. The 235 has a 3'8" draft.
     


  19. Ron20324

    Ron20324

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    5,625 posts, 368 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    +2 on the B235. When I sold my O 222, I went looking for a 25 of any make. Came across the B235, loved it, bought it. It has the same aluminum toe rail and cleats as my B323. You can't go wrong. IIRC, draft 2'10"?
     


  20. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,352 posts, 1,215 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Two high-level thoughts:

    First, I can tell you, when a woman looks a boat, an good enclosed head is the FIRST THING she looks for. Both the 235 and the 260 have very nice setups, and the ladies love them. Jodi in particular (who seemingly has a bladder the size of an acorn) would not be sailing if the head was not there!

    Second, When it come to draft, a boat is either trailer launch/retrievable or it is not. How does 'skinny water' ever factor more than that? Do you ever sail in 2 feet of water? Is 2 foot 1 inch draft out? Maybe. But it would really pay to make sure you understand what you think you mean by this.
     



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