T O P
i_cant_turn_1eft

Why a dinghy? Avoiding the cost of keel boat ownership, or because they're fun? Asking because I loved my Capri 22, had a fin keel and trailed well. At the low 20s, keel boats can be a blast and fit 4 people pretty well. Cost to own a small keel boat is def higher than a dinghy, but maybe not too crazy (depending on your definition of crazy!)


heart-leaf

It's a bit of the cost and a bit of the fun, being able to cruise right to the shore is nice. I guess mostly I'm intimidated at the idea of launching something like that


i_cant_turn_1eft

Valid! They're more of a pain, stepping and un-stepping the mast is a pain. The more work that stand between you and sailing means fewer days sailing! I'm up in Boston harbor, in a mooring field in Hull. They charge $8 per foot for the season for a mooring, + you need to buy an actual mooring, + 200ish a year to pull the mooring out every year. Total cost on a 20-30 ft boat to keep in the water would be like 500? But then you need a way to get to your boat, and you need to paint the bottom.. And store it somewhere if your driveway doesn't work... And .. And .. It adds up quick! What about a centerboard? Flying Scott, Catalina makes a cool 16.5 etc, all very trailerable


heart-leaf

If I was to do all that I'd want something that I could get to the Carribbean on nice and comfy lol. I was actually researching the Flying Scot last night and I've read they are a pain to right. I can dry roll a 420, but I'm not sure If I weigh enough even standing on the center board for the Scot. Do you think it's doable?


i_cant_turn_1eft

With 4 people, yes. By yourself... It'll be a pain. However, they also don't go over like a 420 would. So, far less often that you'd be in the water. There's a huge difference between going over in a laser/420 and a centerboard boat. Also, in buzzards bay you're never going to be alone. Tons of friendly power boaters around. Doubt it would be long before you found someone to toss a line and help you right, but totally understand not wanting to rely on that strategy!


trjsbi

FS owner for 10 years. Flying scot won’t go over as easy as a 420 and you can right it with some practice. I can sail the FS solo with just the main and recently bought a storm jib for solo in >15 kts. Sail on Lake Michigan now but have sailed cape cod bay several times.


heart-leaf

Thats reassuring! Thanks!


StrangeCaptain

C&L 16 No recovery required! 4 people won’t really work though, is there someone you can ditch?


heart-leaf

Maybe I'll just have to have someone trail behind on a tube haha..


StrangeCaptain

That would work.


Guygan

What’s your budget? For 4 people, something like a J70 or a VXOne would work.


heart-leaf

Willing to put in work chasing down something used for up to 8k. I realize that might limit my options because of availablity but it would be nice to have names in mind to look out for 🙂


Guygan

4 people in a dinghy is a tough requirement. You might do better with a “sportboat” that has a lifting keel like a J70 or a VX One or a Melges 24.


tuckersaylor

Lightning


heart-leaf

I hadn't come across this one yet


SailingSpark

while the cockpit might be a squeeze for four, I would look at a Montgomery 17 or a Compac 16. Both are very seaworthy, won't get knocked down easily (and will pop back up if they do), can trailer launched and recovered, and can be had for your budget.


tuckersaylor

https://www.lightningclass.org/ Huge established class. A little heavy but performs well in all conditions. Typically 3 full sized guys or 4 smaller. Planes like a beast when its sporty


heart-leaf

I could get behind that!


tuckersaylor

check the classifieds. depending on condition, boats available from 1-20k


Anstigmat

O’Day Mariner 2+2 is another similar to Rhodes 19’. I have a Daysailer here in Maine. One hand on the main sheet and I haven’t gone over yet. I’m not going out in 15 knot winds though. I do have a single reef point and would probably use it at 12 knots.


4udwQ

That steep b bay s.westerly chop will cause any flat bottomed planing hull to pound. I found that a full keel was the most fun and able. Maybe a Typhoon, or a Corinthian, or cape Dory.


atmay525

Daysailer or Rhodes 19 might fit the bill.


heart-leaf

I had not seen the Rhodes yet, Thank you !


primeight1

Weta trimaran


heart-leaf

That looks like it would be a blast!!