Hi. New guy here, looking for info. I used to sail quite a bit - learned on an Opti, went up to a Sunfish, got into a Snipe for two seasons, crewed on a Y-Flyer, had a Laser for a summer, and then got out of it. Kicking myself for that, but I burned out on racing.
Last two times I've been sailing have been in a rented Walker Bay 10. Slow as piss but it's sailing and I'm on the water. I'm looking for something to buy and hold onto for a while.
I'm in Atlanta, so I sail on Lake Allatoona and Lake Arrowhead a lot, with Lake Lanier a close third. I'm looking for something that I can trailer with a Honda Civic. Going to be a solo boat for the most part (5' 9", 155 lbs), but I'd like to take wife along from time to time since that makes getting said boat much more likely to happen.
So I'm looking for a sailboat good for one but that can handle two, more for daysailing versus racing. Centerboard or daggerboard would be easiest with trailering, I think, and make it more likely to store it in a garage. The big thing is ease of getting on the water. The Snipe and even the Laser spent too much time on the shore since rigging was a pain in the ass. (Snipe moreso than the Laser of course)
I like traditional-looking boats. Like the Crawford Melonseed. Nice hull, simple rig, looks fun, and oars when the wind dies. Expensive as hell though, at $11K. So something cheaper would be nice. I figure as far as performance goes I can just let the sheet out when things get hairy, but I'd like to keep out of capsizing too often with wife aboard.