By Matt Claiborne
Catalina 22/25 “Pop-Top”
Com-Pac Horizon Cat
West Wight Potter 19
Seaward 26RK with Retractable Lead Keel
Corsair F-24 Trimaran
One of the worst parts of a small trailerable sailboat or pocket cruiser is the lack of stand-up headroom. One clever solution that you’ll find on some weekend sailboat models is the pop-top.
Com-Pac has been building small sailboats since the early 1970s. They currently sell two lines, each with various-sized boats. All are well built, and a majority of their boats are trailerable.
Another option if you like catboats is the Marshall Sanderling. This salty 18-footer oozes traditional charm, all while being easy to sail and easier to tow. And while she has wooden boat lines, she has a modern laminated fiberglass hull.
You can’t mention tiny trailer sailers without touching on the famous West Wight Potter. These 15 and 19-foot pocket cruisers have earned a worldwide reputation as the ultimate go-anywhere coastal cruiser.
This little-known trailer sailer is produced at the same Florida factory that makes Island Packet Yachts. That should give you a little bit of an idea of what sort of boat it is—trailerable, yes, but also high-quality, beautiful, and built for cruising.
Multihull sailors need not feel left out from the trailer sailer club and the pocket cruiser. Beyond the ubiquitous beach Hobie Cat, there are not many options for catamarans. But trimarans are uniquely suited to be towed.
MacGregor owns the market on trailerable motor sailers since they more or less created the product to fit the bill. The MacGregor 26 is not like other boats. The design combines a planing powerboat with a centerboard sailboat.