This is excellent. I really appreciate you taking the time.
I'll try to explain my sailing conundrum. I am looking for a return to sailing next season to do single-handed costal cruising in rivers and lakes in NE North America. Hence, I am looking for a new, small, ballasted sailboat of shallow draft, with a cabin, easy to trailer, launch and rig. A plus would be if its trailer length could be within 20' (which the Sun Cat would, if fitted with a swinging tongue - this would make it fit inside my garage and avoid mooring fees...). I have considered several sloops (Precision, Montgomery, other Com-Pacs and even Catalinas, Hunters, the Potters and the new Sanibel, just to mention a few). Of the Com-Pac sloops the only one fitting those specs is the Legacy (the Eclipse is too large, not as easy to rig and I have doubts about its open stern). Albeit smaller than the SunCat, the Legacy may cut the waves better than the SunCat and, hence, may sail better in conditions similar to those that you described. Also, being a sloop I would be already familiar with most of its quirks. However, I suspect that hoisting the mast is not as easy as with the SunCat and it may also mean a significant trade-off in cabin comfort. It is also my bias that with an extra reefing point, an autohelm, an auxiliary engine, a couple of hooks with suitable rodes and some applied seamanship, the Suncat should be able to resolve most conditions normally encountered in fresh-water coastal cruising, and those that it could not resolve, I hope that it would help me to avoid by patiently awaiting for improved conditions while on the hook in shallow protected waters. Is this not a fair expectation? Would any other boat fitting the above specs be better than the SunCat for my intended sailing style?
I welcome any input on the above.