Thanks to all for the information - helping to narrow it down!
There is a point about wanting decent performance but also understand about weight.
Anyone got advice on pulling eg a Ross 780 or Nolex 25 with at 3 litre AWD?
In terms of length/displacement for speed the Ross 650 sounds interesting but apart from a few for sale in Aus, doesn't look to be many around NZ?
We pulled our 780 with a HQ Holden on an unbraked trailer, even hauled it over the bryderwen ranges/mamaku's
What ever you do avoid hauling and rigging a 780 for a weekend sail it is a major effort!. Suggest that you spalsh it for summer, sitting it on a pole/berth set to go Friday arvo. And park it on the front lawn for winter, in that case you only need to borrow someones wagon for the arvo twice a year!
Important to keep in mind the ability to re sell the boat..best for that are the R780 or a Nolex 22.
Nolex 25 's hold their prices best. for some reason. and so do the Gazelle's. 22's don't.
N25's have traditonally had a strong class association and very good flexibility. Personally, still think they are overpriced, realtive to similar boats.
N 22's vary tremendously for a class boat with many glass production hulls with aftermarket tops and interiors. Also a number of different builders with corresponding different attitudes to quality control. Key thing I believe with the 22's is a core group of them have been siginificantly updated with very nice foils, rigs, sails and setups . Most notable of these are the Elder 22's which seem to attract a considerable premium. It is very interesting to look at an Elder boat on a trailer versus another type of 22, as they appear to have significantly more waterline beam aft.
We use to have a N25 with braked trailer and used to tow from Queenstown all over the place (eg. Picton) with a 3.0 Surf. Important to get the balance right on the trailer especially when loading for longer excursions. We use to always take the outboard out of the well and place it on the floor next to the centre case. It was secure and low there which was good. All other gear was packed in around the CB case and galley too.
I don't think the R780 is harder to rig or derig them any other trailerable boat. In fact, the well set up ones like , Newsboy or Coalition Split are able to be rigged & pulled down in about the same time as N22 that I have seen. The 780 stick can be a bit of a handful but with two people who know what they are doing and a helper it should be fine. Alternatively an A- frame might be the way to go.