So I've been reading reading trying to find out something about the maxi trailerables. I built a list from threads here (included at bottom), then tried to pair down the list.
The one I am most familiar with is the RL28, so everything gets compared to that. RL28s with no trailer seem to ask in the teens with boats on good trailers asking about mid 20s, so that is the budget.
What I would like to know is how the other boats on the first half of this list compare ? What particular advantages or disadvantages have they compared to the RL28 ?
Do they all have balsa cored decks ? do any have balsa in the hulls ? (hate balsa, yep I know it's stiff but if it's breached..)
I need it be be under 2300 kg on the trailer. That can involve taking stuff off and loading it once it's in the water.
I prefer outboards to diesels. Cheaper maintenance and replacement, and I don't run the engine enough to warrant the fuel savings.
My priority is accommodations and seaworthiness over performance but it shouldn't sail like a pig.
The prices are just the cheapest I could find. Some have trailers some not, some are better than others.
I should have done this last year before asking the same dumb question over. I did try but I'm really hopeless at searching and this has taken me days....
Any thoughts appreciated.
Southcoast 25 $12500 Based on Roberts 25, so probably slow.
Boomaroo/catalina 25 $15000 looks slow. head/locker aft of V berth easy to enclose, galley aft, stub keel so high on trailer
Seaway Elite/787/25. 25 $6900 elite $17000 787 none advertised. Really like the layout. Don't know about headroom over the aft bunk ? Board up the forepeak and forget about a standing shower, put in a bath! with jets! Mmmm, bubbles....
It's not clear to me whether the early boats had the aft double or not ? but I'm not that keen on the underslung rudder, looks like it might be a problem on the trailer ? Looks like it could be a tad faster ?
Noelex 25 Towing weight 1780kg, head behind V berth, not enclosed. Pop top. Probably smaller ? $18850
Coronet or Sunbird 25 Lots of mentions on the forum. Seems to be regarded as seaworthy and roomy but heavy ? 19000
Sabre 25 enclosed head aft of V berth. looks slow roomy, poptop. Probably nicer to sail than the boomaroo and southcoast ? $19500
Farr 750 Similar layout but looks like lower headroom, probably faster ? $20000
Flinders 7.8 Not much about them ? $24900
Magnum 8.5 too heavy 3t on trailer, well supported by club. $25000
Careel/Sonata 26 $27500,some with no heads area...
Ross 780 - E $36000
Farr/Noelex B30 - $38000
Austral 8 Clubman $45000