Originally Posted by EMartNJ
That's a lot of bodies for a boat like that! I feel crowded in the 80 with 3.
Although I keep having this irrational desire to buy a bigger boat. Basically I want something with a lot of cockpit space but enough of a cabin that people can throw their bags down there and girls can pee in private (and keep the v-berth pads so there is just enough room to drop anchor and get it on). Should be a fun boat and one that has some one design racing out there *somewhere* (in case I ever want to trailer it to an event), but I am perfectly fine racing on other people's boats for local stuff.
The J70 still seems much too expensive and heavy for what it is...but I keep coming back to the Ultimate 20. Sweet little boat, could easily store on the dry pad and crane launch if I don't want to have bottom paint and pay for wet storage, lots of open cockpit and a decent cabin for that small of a boat.
Saw a few Colgate 26's this weekend too. Would have to keep in the water, but they looked nice. Sportboat lovers find them slow, but they are otherwise pretty ideal daysailing boats and are apparently pretty damn easy to singlehand (even with the chute I guess).
Really is irrational though...If I am not going to race it and only use it to sail with friends...I should just charter a boat a few times a year for less total money than a year of boat ownership. So the next step is to convince one of my friends to buy one instead...that's where the easy to sail Colgate 26 would really shine.