My list keeps growing. Started with Bolger's Martha Jane many years ago. Bought plans, never built it. Then came the Norwalk Island Sharpies. Very nice. And there was always the Egret, and now Oughtred's drop-dead beautiful Haiku. But every one maybe a bit too much off in one direction or another to be ideal -- a bit too big, or masts hard to step, or not quite roomy enough inside.
But recently I came across this from Chesapeake Marine Design, the very blandly named Trailer Sailer 24. I'm starting to think that it is as good as a coastal cruising trailer sailer can get. Very roomy for 24 feet, flat bottomed for shallow water and easy work on and off the trailer, round bilges for performance and comfort (and quiet at anchor), and classic good looks. Water ballast, and leeboards, adding practicality and character that appeals to me.
So what do you think, is this the best of the litter?
I can see towing this up and down the US East Coast, with stops from Penobscot Bay down to the Everglades, exploring tidal marshes, rivers and estuaries along the way. The mast drops easily to slip under low bridges. I'd fit a little heater for the cool months, maybe have a wind generator tucked away that could be clamped to the mizzen mast on windy nights.