I'm looking for a relatively straightforward small modern trailerable sailboat design suitable for a first-time builder (something on the order of 18-22'). Use would be lakes and rivers primarily for weekend trips - so it must sleep 2 comfortably, be big enough to stick a portable toilet somewhere, and have reasonably decent performance. Asthetics-wise, I like the wide beam of the mini transat boats, a plump bow, and square top mainsail. My wood working and fabrication skills are pretty good, so even if it is small I don't want to invest my time on something that doesn't have the 'look' I'd like.
I recently found the Lion 550
, but have no idea if it is a good design. Also, my concern with building a sailboat is finding/spec'ing out appropriate hardware - especially something like this where it looks like there are only a handful of renders available and no actual builds.
Another design I've looked at is the Didi 23
, but not thrilled with design of the cabintop, and prefer somewhat more modern lines overall.
Not sure if there are other designs I'm missing, or if anyone has thoughts/suggestions - particularly on the Lion 550.