Of course you can change the accepted definition of trailer sailer. BUt a better question for you to have asked would be "what's the largest boat that can, hypothtically, be trailered back to my (hypothetical) own boaytyard/farm?" If you have the faclilities to transport and store a sadler 26 then what the heck are you doing on here asking for the best headroom/trailerable/seaworthy boat for? It's obvious, a Sadler 26! If you have the faciities for a larger boat then the answers still obvious, that boat! If you could tranport and store a larger, more seaworthy vessel then that's the "most seaworthy/standing headroom/traileable vessel" and so and so on. I'm pretty sure that the posters aren't working under the assumption that you have an articulated lorry and a farm to store said vessel on, I wasn't, I was working on the common assumtion of the definition of a trailerable yacht.
Originally Posted by Robwhelton
Eh? I'm not trying to change the definition of 'trailer sailor'. In general, though, I think most people would agree that there's a difference between a boat specifically designed with trailing in mind, and something that just happens to be short/light enough to be 'trailerable'.
Originally Posted by Lee_Shaw
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.
Last edited by macsail; 03-11-09 at 03:53.
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.