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For friends or family who are retiring soon, changing careers, or going through life changes where a book given in the spirit of good will and distraction is needed, buy them this book. It is the bible of first-time sailboat owner wanna-be's. Each chapter focuses on a different species of sailboat, its manufacture, its history, its strengths, and helpful information on the unique aspects of the boat that will require careful inspection or repair. The book is succinct.
It does not indulge the reader in everything about sailboats for dummies. It simply profiles the best twenty sailboats in the world that are reasonably affordable. If you are reading this review and you are my friend, please buy this book for me so that other people at the library will have a chance to read it too?
I will gladly take you on a sunset sail just as soon as I finish reading it and make my final choice. Lee Swett rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Eli Lamb rated it liked it Jan 02, Darren rated it really liked it Oct 08, Christopher Grant rated it really liked it Aug 10, Dawn rated it liked it Sep 30, Shereads rated it really liked it Jan 29, Sean rated it it was ok Jul 25, Merlin rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Gene rated it really liked it Jul 25, Randy Litton rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Jordan Krueger rated it really liked it Dec 25, Dennis rated it it was amazing Apr 29, Kelly Lynch rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Be prepared for this thread to ramble a bit.
I like Sequoiah's list and, indeed ff-nich with his Arpege and Ecume de Mer. Plastic Folkboats are capable but, in my view, too small for all but the exceptional sailor. The Marieholm 32 is rare in this country but you might be lucky and get one for around 20k. PS Sadler 29 also worth thinking about, tatty one here: And the Oysterman 22,strong, very seaworthy, four berth, seperate toilet,good galley, over six foot headroom, powerful gaff rig, deep cockpit, easy single hander ,well that's my opinion mine is for sale!!
I don't think so. We beat most of the way round Ireland in strong conditions with no problems, but then we never really tighten the rigging too much. When we were in La Gomera a young guy on an Achilles 24 was tightening his rigging with a Loos gauge prior to settting off across the pond, and I borrowed it from him.
Our cap shrouds barely registered. I did them up a bit, but not a lot. In spite of this the rig has never shown any untoward symptoms wobbling, pulsing, bending and all the other alarming things people speak about and we are closer winded than many boats. We carried one to the Canaries and back intending to fit it en-route, and I eventually fitted it the year after we got back, more for peace of mind than because there was any problem. I have increased the rigging tension slightly now, but it doesn't make a lot of difference - adjusting forestay tension with the backstay is far more critical when going to windward.
Anyway, you are going to be cruising not racing, and long hard bashes to windward can generally be avoided if you have plenty of time. Well, Its a bit of a sliding scale. The International Folkboat is particularly small below decks though is spacious compared with the "genuine article" the plastic Nordic Folkboat the Contessa is bigger and the Vega bigger again. The preparation must have been good because nothing broke in 6, miles while we were away - all we had to replace was the batteries. Mind you, we always sail her very conservatively on offshore passages. I think it is much better to buy a cheaper boat and make sure it is up to the job than to set off with a lot of dodgy gear in a bigger boat and run out of money or worse when things start breaking.
You don't need space at sea, just a secure cockpit and a good seaberth, and the Vega's motion in a seaway is more comortable than many. In harbour there is a surprisingly spacious feel to the accommodation - it is huge compared to a Contessa Oysterman 22 feels a much bigger boat than her length would suggest.
Feels more like a 30 footer. Probably weighs much more than the average 30 footer! Although I have never sailed a Vega I have met many owners on my travels who were very happy with their choice. Talk to the Jester lot about 20 30 foot sea worth boats. I hope it's sea worth or will be by then. At the upper length limit I would include the Centurion Although not the most roomy, by today's standards, she can take practically whatever is thrown at her. Or a good few of his own man hours. I broke that rule got a bigger more seaworthy boat within this budget but with the need of a few DIY upgrades - you can do it but accept you need to spend the next 5 years gradually upgrading.
Its important that the right bits are in good nick. I'd rather have the slightly bigger seaworthy yacht for the money. Didn't a rebuilt within this budget Sigma 33C win that race whose name i forget accross the atlantic recently? That proves its credentials for me anyway I don't think black and white rules work well in this debate - common sense is important though.
One that has not been mentioned yet surprisingly in my view is the Hurley I notice in the news a ft steel barquentine has just sunk off Brazil. So perhaps size doesn't really matter. Leisure 23 one did the Atlantic and Pacific recently I hadn't heard about that - do you know of any links? Further to BlackPig's contribution you may not have seen the jester challenge entry: A good sea boat. A lot of Scandinavians has crossed the Atlantic - and Pacific in Ballad's, so it is proven. I like Ballads very much. But since so many Vega's were build they will probably always outnumber the Ballad?
I can assure you I sailed it all over the Thames Estuary in all sorts of weather without any worries at all - in fact I always reckoned the boat would stand up to much more than the crew could. I never had any qualms about it's integrity and ability to stand up to heavy weather. I would recommend a J27 UK built!
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We got our Moody 33 for less than 30K. We have lived aboard for nearly 12 years and crossed the Atlantic in our boat 4 times. I shall print out this thread when it's done with and use it during boat perusal. Yes, my current boat is a Moody 33 and it cost well under 20k and as capnsensible says I would be happy to cross the atlantic in it - I've just renewed the skinfitting for the toilet outlet and the grp at that point was 1" thick - very reassuring.
I guess it must be well enough built not to be a weak point No connection, I've not sailed one these for 20 years, I was just thinking about the boats I suggested above. There's been some damn good suggestions on here. Stick with the forum and let us know what you decide and how you get on. I'll let you know if I get to the Azores in The boat was named 'Valkyrien' , I followed his blog and there were great pics. He sailed from Norway to Belgium, then through the French canals to Gibraltar, and crossed both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
He finally gave up his journey in New Zealand but sadly the whole thing seems to have disappeared now, links gone blank: Ahah found a reference to his adventures in another blog, click on 'Valkyrien' Sorry it's in French http: Roger Taylor's exploits have made a convincing case for the Corribbee - see thesimplesailor.
Is this a thread about small boats, or boats up to 32ft?
I remember when 27ft was a big boat: D I went on Vigor's definitions, just because you need to draw a line. Though I'm happy that people of stretched it.
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My main criteria are blue water safety and affordability. Delighted to see the Offshore 8 metre included as it must be one of the most under mentioned sea worthy models around. Well I only included it cos I like the look of them! Not really all that dissimilar to a Vega, as far as I understand?
Don't get too hung up on Vigor's list, go look at a few examples from your own shortlist of boats, then go for what your heart tells you to. FWIW, in a not dissimilar position to you three years ago and with a similar buget range, having looked at a few different ' boats for home waters and later offshore use long keel heavier displacement was always my own priority so this narrowed my list , I bought the first Vancouver 27 I saw, even though it was at the upper limit of my budget range - and haven't regretted it.
She's been good from the start, and slowly - year by year - improving her without spending an additional fortune.
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There are lots of great boats out there including the Samphire range, of course! However, I think it might be a mistake to try to buy the 'perfect' boat for your 'needs' for your first boat. Your views will almost certainly change after you've had your own boat for a while. So rather than thinking you must try to avoid having to change boats later, accept that you probably will.
It's actually quite nice to change boats! Go for something affordable and resaleable! Put off committing yourself to having to have the ultimate cruising boat, or kitting it out for ocean cruising, until you are sure the boat is the right type for you, and don't worry if you find you are drawn to something different after a while.
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You may even find you change your mind about wanting to do ocean cruising, or decide you'd prefer to do that aspect of sailing in someone else's boat! Happy sailing in whatever you get! Thanks Kesh for pointing me to your thread which I hadn't seen. Don't think I'm going to be attempting any oceans but like the Hurley 22 which have also done some substantial voyages that I sail at the moment I want something that looks after me when it gets rough.
Further suggestions very welcome here or at http: Not to mention the Swedish girlfriend who was almost as big as him! Wasn't Primrose drowned when one of his own 33's went down? No, it was a Foundered in a gale off the Carolinas coast of USA. His obit says a Hurely 22; Hurley 30, Hurley 9.
I think she was actually Swiss The Shane Acton story is great reading, highly reccomended. I always thought it was a 33S as well. A friend had one and I helped him sail it to the Canaries. Very solid boats, very roomy, and probably a good choice as a cheapish roomy liveaboard but overall I would not personally choose one for prolonged ocean voyaging. Haven't seen an AVS curve for them, but I suspect there might be a largish area under the curve, and the flattish forward sections mean they can slam going to windward.
Very clever accommodation layout though, with removable panels to close off the quarterberth into an aft cabin. Well nobody else is going to mention it so Have a look at www. Haven't regretted choice at all: However, headroom only 5'8"ish, forward accom. Also considered very pretty in traditional way. I'm not going to change but a Sadler 32 is a beautiful seaboat. And nobody has mentioned a Trintella Well, I sailed and owned a Vega for 18 years, and made longish trips to Norway, England and France, so I think I'm entitled to some less favorable comments.
I lived through a horrible gale in it and found the following: Anyway, you could always feel the movement sitting in the cockpit never have that with my present boat, a Dehler, much more stiff. And yes, that compression of the mast lowered the deck centimeters in my case.
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That's really a bad character trait. OK, not that much, but I had to epoxy it - The hatches in the cockpit are so constructed they will leak badly in severe weather.
In the gale a surprising amount of water came in. Can't remember how often I couldn't held her in a strong crosswind waiting for a lock.