Thinking about buying a used FS
First a little background about myself...I'm 24 work as a yacht designer at a small yacht design firm...Looking to buy my first boat. My parents owned a Hobie Getaway and I sailed it by myself nearly everyday in the summer for 3 years. After college I moved to NYC and I haven't really sailed a lot since. Now I moved to Farmingdale Long Island and I royally miss sailing!!!
I'm looking for a boat to sail mostly single handed on the Great South Bay, Long Island, but sometimes with a couple people, mainly my girlfriend. So it has to be fun and easy to sail alone, but not a dog with 2 to 3 people on board. I'm used to the Hobie Cat so I'm definitely looking for a performance boat, but something more laid back then say a skiff.
Ideally I'd like to dry sail the boat and found a local "yacht club" if you want to call it that that is pretty inexpensive $130 for summer dry storage and $120 for winter dry storage, or $30 a foot for in water storage. The yacht club has a small ramp but I don't want to put a trailer hitch on my car (Mazda3)... maybe I could find a way to get it on the trailer, and pull it up the ramp without a car? It's also located at the inland end of a canal which is about .2 miles long and 150 feet wide at the narrowest point. Ideally I'd like to sail out of the canal which I'm confident I can do.
The boat has to be very low maintenance and very cheap to own when used often...anyway does it sound like I'm on the right track towards picking the right boat? Other boats I've considered is the Laser (two people its a downer) Vanguard 15, and another hobie cat but I'd kind of like to sit in the boat now on it. The scot is really pushing the larger end of what I'm looking for though, seems like it'll be difficult to move around on land by myself.