Trailerable Plywood Cruiser for Two

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  1. av8or
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    Looking to build or buy a trailerable sailboat that would cruise two for a couple of months in the Bahamas. Specifically something that has at least 5' 3" of headroom, a full berth for two adults, a head and full galley. Looking for something that could be trailered, and not just transported, which means centerboard/daggerboard or lifting keel. I've been looking for the right boat, with no luck. Extreme shallow draft boats either dont have the head-room, or have an internal layout that tries to sleep 6 in a 23 foot boat. (It will only be 2)
    The only boat I've really seen that comes close is a Beneteau First 235. Wondering if there is anything out there that I've missed.
     
  2. Richard Woods
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    Multihulls?

    Richard Woods of Woods Designs

    www.sailingcatamarans.com
     
  3. av8or
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    Sure, If I can put it on a trailer and it would comfortably cruise a husband and wife for a couple of months. I'd be a little concerned on the additional work required to build two hulls and deck over just a single hull.
     
  4. Skyak
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    Trailerable and headroom are somewhat mutually exclusive. Hake Yachts are my favorite. Nice lifting keels in 32 and 26 ft well appointed boats. I presume you have seen Macgregor 26s -not very seaworthy but with water ballast there's two tons less to pull on the trailer.

    I should ask what weight you consider trailerable? Do you already have a truck that will pull 10,000 lbs?

    Multihull is another way to keep light on the trailer. Richard has nice designs. Again the difficulty of your SOR is getting headroom without getting too large to tow. Folding tris are most trailerable. The telstar 26 would be the smallest/most trailerable with your required headroom. The corsair 32 is more common and fits your SOR. Then there is my favorite the contour 50 -it can be conveniently carried on two semi trailers.
     
  5. av8or
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    I would think anything much over 5,000lb trailer weight really wouldn't be "Trailerable". I'd probably be looking a crane or lift to launch and retrieve.
    Hadn't really given thought to a tri. I'll take a look. Thanks.
     
  6. gonzo
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    Would a pop-top work for you?
     
  7. Richard Woods
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    I am glad to see you have an open mind about multihulls, so many people don't

    Thank you Skyak

    You may find this article useful

    http://sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/articles/29-general/221-hpcc

    I have made seven trips to the Bahamas in my own catamarans

    this might suit you

    http://sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/2-catamarans-under-25ft/160-sango

    Or the 28ft Gypsy or Saturn if you want a demountable/transportable boat which has a lot more room, rather than truly trailable

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  9. Andy
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    Try the Nazarov K800 which you can find plans for on here as a starting point, and add a pop top as Gonzo suggested (but make it good and make the boat self rescuing, i.e. Lots of sealed foam buoyancy). Some kind of water ballast might be a good idea too
     
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