I wasn't asking "what's the largest...." and in fact I knew my criteria from the outset- 26ft max, about 2 to 2.5t max. In this size range, many boats have the 5'6 headroom that I want, and many do not. I just wanted to get a general impression of what people thought of these types of boats- are they all floating caravans or ponderous big tubs, or are some of them a bit better than that. And I don't mean to narrow down to one model, that would be silly.
Unless I have missed a mention above,, there is a boat that meets your criteria-the Fairy Atalanta. A friend of mine had one and trailed her behind his Transit Van and kept her in the winter in his back garden. That said garden was in Birmingham!
Obviously she was craned off and onto the trailor, but he cruised her extensively to Ireland, Brittany, Channel Islands and to Paris.
They are getting a bit long in the tooth now, but a well maintained one is still a formidable yacht. I believe there is a website for O.A.
Never been an owner of one, although I did cruise in the above twice.
I just had my 26M out in at least F5 conditions on the Saint Lawrence River for an afternoon with 10foot swells and the wind at my back wing on wing without a whisker pole and can't say it was a problem....not comfortable but safe! Of course my 1 man crew was also a sailor but I never sail in placid lakes and on my last outing passed a few 30 and 40 footers ....
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light boat, Cat A, unsinkable, trailerable.... you are probably looking at a pogo 8.5. Unsinkable mini transat boats. If you can trail a quarter tonner you should be able to trail one with a big enough 4x4.
July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016