Well, everyone has to have a first post - this is mine.
I live in the Seattle area and am mulling over getting back into boating. Most of my experience has been in small power craft, with some sail experience in years past. For many years my family actually owned a nice little 18' lapstrake daysailer sloop built in 1936 by local builder Anchor Jensen, and I did a fair amount of sailing in that when I was young - but we let the boat get away to a new owner before I got turned on to wooden boats again.
What I am interested in is a wooden daysailer that could live a good portion of the year on a trailer, and be fairly easy to launch and load back on the trailer. I would probably have no more than 1-2 passengers at a time, and usually be solo. My sailing skills are rusty and were never that fabulous to start with, so something simple as far as rigging and handling would be good.
My thought would be to look for a used boat that may need some attention. I've built a Whisp (way back in 1990), a stitch & tape kayak, and - more recently - an airplane (made of something called aluminum, and a 9.5 year project...), so I have pretty decent shop experience and collection of tools, and don't have any worries as far as getting in and fixing things. I've also been a WB reader off and on since 1990.
So, my question: are there designs local to the Puget Sound area that would fit this need, and if so what would people recommend? And what sources for searching and finding such a vessel can people recommend? It would be nice to find something with some local history and tradition, if possible, while of course not breaking the bank.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.