Affordable Cruising Sailboats - Practical Sailor (2022)

In a search for a budget cruiser, Practical Sailor examined a field of used sailboats costing less than $75K and built between 1978 and 1984. We narrowed the field to boats with sufficient accommodations for four people and a draft of less than 6 feet. One way to approach a used-boat search is to look for sailboats with informed, active owners associations and high resale values. Practical Sailor’s quest for recession-proof cruisers led us to the Allied Princess 36, Bristol 35.5C, Endeavour 37, S2 11.0, Freedom 36, ODay 37, Niagara 35, C&C Landfall 38, and the Tartan 37. The report takes a more in-depth look at the Tartan, C&C Landfall, and Niagara.

Let’s say you’re looking to buy a boat for summer cruising along the coastal U.S. or on the Great Lakes, one that, when the time is right, is also capable of taking you safely and efficiently to Baja or the Bahamas, and perhaps even island-hopping from Miami to the West Indies. Like most of us, your budget is limited, so a new boat is out of the question. Let’s set more specifics:

  • Passes a thorough survey by a respected surveyor and has been upgraded to meet current equipment and safety standards. (These are old boats, after all, prone to all sorts of potentially serious problems.)
  • Fun to sail inshore (which means not too heavy and not too big).
  • Sufficient accommodations and stowage to cruise four people for two weeks.
  • Popular model (active owners support group for help and camaraderie) with decent resale value
  • Under $75,000.
  • Monohull (multihulls violate the price cap, anyway).
  • Draft of less than 6 feet (for the islands, mon).

In the February 2008 issue, we examined 30-footers from the 1970s, which is just above the minimum length for the Big Three: standing headroom, enclosed head, and inboard engine. Too small, however, to satisfy our new criteria. So we need to jump up in size. As we culled through the possibilities, we found a fairly narrow range of boat lengths and vintages that satisfy the criteria. Of course, there always are exceptions, but basically it is this: 35- to 38-footers built between 1978 and 1984. Bigger or newer boats that meet our criteria cost more than $75,000.

Heres the list of nine models we came up with: Allied Princess 36, Bristol 35.5C, C&C Landfall 38, Endeavour 37, Freedom 36, Niagara 35, ODay 37, S2 11.0, and the Tartan 37. All were built by reputable companies in the U.S. or Canada, with underwater configurations ranging from full keels with attached rudders to fin keels and spade rudders. Displacements are mostly moderate.

Below we present notes on six of the finalists. Details of our 3 favorites are linked to the right of this page.

ALLIED PRINCESS 36

Allied Yachts developed an excellent line of cruising sailboats in the 1960s, including the first fiberglass boat to circumnavigate, the Seawind 30 ketch, which later was expanded to the 32-foot Seawind II. The handsome Luders 33 was the boat in which teenager Robin Lee Graham completed his historic circumnavigation. Arthur Edmunds designed the full-keel Princess 36 aft-cockpit ketch and the larger Mistress 39 center-cockpit ketch. None of these boats are fancily finished, but the fiberglass work is solid and well executed. They’re ocean-worthy, and affordable. The Princess 36 was in production from roughly 1972 to 1982. Wed look for a later model year; prices are under $50,000.

BRISTOL 35.5C

Bristol Yachts was founded by Clint Pearson, after he left Pearson Yachts in 1964. His early boats were Ford and Chevy quality, good but plainly finished, like the Allieds. Over the years this changed, so that by the late 1970s and early 1980s, his boats were between Buicks and Cadillacs in overall quality. This includes the Ted Hood-designed 35.5C. Its a centerboarder with a draft from 3 feet, 9 inches board up to 9 feet, 6 inches board down; a keel version also was available (named without the “C”).The solid fiberglass hull was laid up in two halves and then joined on centerline. It had an inward-turning flange on the hull, superior to the more common shoebox hull-to-deck joint. The 35.5C is very good in light air, but tender in a breeze. Pick one up for around $60,000.

ENDEAVOUR 37

The Endeavour Yacht Corp. was founded in 1974, and its first model was a 32-footer, built in molds given to it by Ted Irwin. Yup, the Endeavour 32 has the same hull as the Irwin 32. Its second model was the Endeavour 37, based on a smaller, little known Lee Creekmore hull that was cut in half and extended. Its not the prettiest boat in the world, and not very fast, but heavily built. Owners report no structural problems with the single-skin laminate hull. It has a long, shoal-draft keel and spade rudder. What helped popularize the Endeavour 37 was the choice of layouts: an aft cabin with a quarter berth, a V-berth and quarterberth, and a (rare) two aft-cabin model. Production ended after 1983. Prices are around $50,000.

FREEDOM 36

After the Halsey Herreshoff-designed Freedom 40 that reintroduced the idea of unstayed spars, several other designers were commissioned to develop the model line-up. These included David Pedrick and Gary Mull; the latter drew the Freedom 36, in production from about 1986 to 1989. While the early and larger Freedoms were ketch rigged, models like the 36 were sloops, which were less costly to build and easier to handle. To improve upwind performance, a vestigial, self-tacking jib was added. Thats the main appeal of these boats: tacking is as easy as turning the wheel. The 36s hull is balsa-cored, as is the deck. Balsa adds tremendous stiffness, and reduces weight, which improves performance. The downside: Core rot near the partners on this boat could lead to a dismasting and costly hull damage. Interior finishing is above average. These boats sell right at our price break: low to mid-$70s.

ODAY 37

This low-profile family sloop was second only to the ODay 40 in size of boats built by ODay under its various owners. Founded by Olympic gold-medalist George ODay to build one-designs and family daysailers, subsequent ownership expanded into trailer sailers and small- to medium-size coastal cruisers. Like the others, the 37 was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates. The center-cockpit is a bit unusual but some prefer it. The cruising fin keel and skeg-mounted rudder are well suited to shallow-water cruising, and the generous beam provides good form stability. The hull is solid fiberglass, and the deck is cored with balsa. Owners report it is well balanced and forgiving. Early 1980s models are on the market for less than $40,000.

S2 11.0

Built in Holland, Mich., the S2 sailboat line emerged in 1973 when owner Leon Slikkers sold his powerboat company, Slickcraft, to AMF and had to sign a no-compete agreement. The 11.0 was the largest model, introduced in 1977. The designer was Arthur Edmunds, who also drew the Allied Princess 36, though the two are very different. Edmunds resisted some of the bumps and bulges indicative of the International Offshore Rule (IOR), but still gave the 11.0 fine ends, and a large foretriangle. Two accommodation plans were offered: an aft cockpit with conventional layout of V-berth, saloon, and quarter berth and galley flanking the companionway; and an unusual center-cockpit layout with V-berth forward immediately followed by opposing settees, and then galley and head more or less under the cockpit. The master suite is in the aft cabin, of course. The hull is solid fiberglass and includes the molded keel cavity for internal ballast; the deck is balsa-cored. Overall construction quality is rated above average. Prices range from about $30,000 to $50,000.

NIAGARA 35: a handsome cruiser with Hinterhoeller quality.

Austria-born George Hinterhoeller emigrated to Canada in the 1950s and began doing what he did all his life: build boats, first out of wood, then fiberglass composites. He was one of four partners who formed C&C Yachts in 1969. He left in 1975 to again form his own company, Hinterhoeller Yachts. The company built two distinct model lines: the better known Nonsuch line of cruising boats with unstayed catboat rigs, and the Niagara line. About 300 Niagara 35s were built between 1978 and 1995.

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Design

Canadian naval architect Mark Ellis designed the Niagara 35 as well as all of the Nonsuch models. He gave the 35 a beautiful, classic sheer with generous freeboard in the bow, swooping aft to a low point roughly at the forward end of the cockpit, and then rising slightly to the stern. The classic influence also is seen in the relatively long overhangs; todays trend is to lengthen the waterline as much as possible, with near plumb bows, discounting the old belief that overhangs were necessary for reserve buoyancy. So the Niagara 35 has a somewhat shorter waterline than the others in our group of nine, but as the hull heels, the overhangs immerse and sailing length increases. The short waterline also accounts for the 35s moderately high displacement/length ratio of 329. There is a direct correlation between the D/L and volume in the hull, and for a cruising boat, there must be sufficient space for tanks and provisions. Unfortunately, tankage in the 35 isn’t that much: 80 gallons water, 30 gallons diesel fuel, and 25 gallons holding tank.

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The cruising fin keel is long enough for the boat to dry out on its own bottom should the need arise, like drying out against a seawall in Bali to paint the bottom. (Sorry-just dreaming!) The spade rudder seems a little unusual for a cruiser. When asked about it, Ellis said that it provides superior control to a skeg-mounted rudder, and that skegs, which are supposed to protect the rudder, often aren’t built strong enough to do the job. Circumnavigator and designer/builder/developer Steve Dashew agrees that offshore, in nasty conditions, spade rudders are the way to go.

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Construction

George Hinterhoeller and his associates at C&C Yachts were early advocates of balsa-cored hull construction, because it reduces weight, increases panel stiffness, and lowers costs. The worry, of course, is delamination of the core to the inner and outer skins should water penetrate through to the core. This is why quality builders remove balsa coring wherever through-hulls or bolts pass through the hull or deck, and fill the area with a mix of resin and reinforcements. Hinterhoeller was such a builder, but core integrity still deserves close inspection during a pre-purchase survey.

All bulkheads are tabbed to the hull and deck with strips of fiberglass, and this is an important detail for an offshore boat. Many mass-produced boats have molded fiberglass headliners that prevent tabbing bulkheads to the deck; rather, the bulkheads simply fit into molded channels in the headliner, which do not prevent them from moving slightly as the boat flexes in waves.

Hardware quality is good. One owner described the chocks and cleats on his Niagara as “massive.” Hatches are Atkins & Hoyle cast aluminum, which are about as good as you can buy. And the original rigging was Navtec rod. Owners report no structural problems.

Performance

With its moderately heavy displacement, conservative sailplan, and relatively large keel, the Niagara 35 is not a speed demon, and does not point as high as a boat with a deep, narrow fin keel. But thats not what were after here. The 35s specs are just about what we want for a versatile cruising boat. Owners say performance picks up quickly as the breeze fills in. If the sailplan were larger, for improved light-air performance, youd have to reef sooner, and reefing is work.

The long keel has another advantage, and that is improved directional stability over shorter keels, which means less effort at the helm. We tend to think that a powerful below-deck autopilot can steer any boat, but autopilots struggle, too. A boat thats easy for the crew to hand steer also is easy for the autopilot to maintain course.

A lot of Niagara 35s were equipped with Volvo saildrives rather than conventional inboard diesel engines. Advantages of the saildrive: improved handling in reverse and lower cost. Disadvantages: potential corrosion of aluminum housing and not as much power. Various inboard diesels were fitted: Westerbeke 27-, 33-, and 40-horsepower models, and a Universal M35D, all with V-drives. Owners rate access somewhat difficult.

Accommodations

Two interior layouts were offered: the Classic, in which the forepeak has a workbench, shelves, seat, and stowage instead of the usual V-berth; and the Encore, which has an offset double berth forward, and quarter berth and U-shaped galley aft. The saloon in the Classic, with settees and dining table, is farther forward than usual; the head and owners stateroom, with single and double berths, is aft. Both plans have their fans.

Headroom is 6 feet, 4 inches in the main cabin and 6 feet, 2 inches in the aft cabin. Berths are 6 feet, 7 inches long; a few owners say berth widths are a bit tight. A couple of thoughts on the double berths offered in these two plans: V-berths are subject to a lot of motion underway and so do not make great sea berths, but at anchor, ventilation via the forward hatch makes them far more comfortable than a stuffy aft cabin, where its much more difficult to introduce air flow. Offset double berths do not waste outboard space like V-berths do, but the person sleeping outboard must crawl over his/her partner to get out of bed.

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Concerns

Thirty-year-old boats should be surveyed thoroughly. Nothing lasts forever, but boats well maintained last a lot longer. Pay particular attention to the balsa-cored hull and deck. If either has large areas of delamination, give the boat a pass, because the cost to repair could exceed the value of the boat.

A few owners expressed concern about the boats handling off the wind, which surprises us somewhat. A test sail in lively conditions should answer that question.

We much prefer the inboard. If you prefer the saildrive, look for signs of corrosion and get a repair estimate.

Niagara 35 Conclusion

The Niagara 35 is a handsome, classically proportioned cruising sloop from one of the best builders of production boats in North America. It is not considered big enough these days to be a circumnavigator, but certainly large enough for a couple to leisurely cruise the Bahamas, Caribbean Sea, and South Pacific. We found asking prices ranging from around $54,000 to $89,000, with most in the $60,000 range.

C&C LANDFALL 38

As noted, George Hinterhoeller was one of four partners who formed C&C Yachts in 1969, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The others were Belleville Marine, Bruckmann Manufacturing, and the design firm of George Cuthbertson and George Cassian. From the beginning, the emphasis was on performance. Indeed, the 40-foot Red Jacketwon the 1968 Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC).

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In 1973, Cuthbertson retired to his Ontario farm, citing burn-out. Eight months later, he was back as president of C&C Yachts, telling staff that they ought to pursue more multi-purpose racer/cruiser models. C&C became the dominant boatbuilder in North America, with models ranging from the C&C 24 to the C&C 46, with models just about every 2 feet in between. The Landfall cruiser series was introduced in 1977, with the Landfall 42. It was followed by the Landfall 35, 38, and 48. Production of the 38 ran from 1977 to 1985, with about 180 built.

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Design

The C&C Landfall 38 is directly related to the earlier C&C 38. We wrote in our original 1983 review that the older hull design was “…modified with slightly fuller sections forward, a slightly raked transom rather than an IOR reversed transom, a longer, shoaler keel, and a longer deckhouse for increased interior volume.” The spade rudder is not everyones first choice on a serious cruising boat, but it does provide superior control. And the Landfalls have a higher degree of finish inside, along with layouts more suited to family cruising.

The Landfalls perform very well, thanks to lightweight construction and speedy hull forms. The Landfall 38s displacement/length ratio of 272 is the lowest of the three compared in this review.

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Notable drawbacks: a V-berth that becomes quite narrow forward, and as noted in the 1983 review, “a hull that rises so quickly aft that C&Cs normal gas bottle stowage at the end of the cockpit is eliminated.” This on a cruising boat no less, where a hot meal is often the highlight.

Like nearly all the C&C designs, the Landfall 38 is attractively proportioned with sleek lines and a modern look, even several decades later. It appears most dated in the raked bow, but this better suits the anchoring
duties on a cruising boat anyway.

Construction

Materials and building processes used in C&C Yachts are very similar to those of the Niagara 35, namely because of Hinterhoeller. Practices he established at C&C continued after he left, at least for the short-term. So what we said about the Niagara 35s balsa-core construction also applies to the Landfall 38, where it is found in the hull, deck, and cabintop.

The hull-deck joint is through-bolted on 6-inch centers, through the teak toerail, which gaves the Landfall series a more traditional look than the distinctive L-shaped anodized aluminum toerail Cuthbertson designed and employed on the rest of the C&C models. The joint is bedded with a butyl tape, which does a good job of keeping out water, but doesn’t have the adhesive properties of, say, 3M 5200. On the other hand, if you ever had to remove the deck-heaven forbid!-it would be a lot easier.

Deck hardware is through-bolted with backing plates or large washers, although some of the fasteners come through on the underside, where the core transitions into the core-less flange. We also saw this on our old 1975 C&C 33 test boat. It means two things: water migrating down the fastener after the bedding fails can contact a little bit of balsa, and uneven stresses are placed on the fastener, which above deck can cause gelcoat cracks.

Proper bronze seacocks protect the through-hulls, and hoses are double-clamped for added security. The mast butt is not deep in the bilge where it can corrode in bilge water, but rests on two floor timbers in the sump, above any water that would typically collect.

The external lead-ballast keel is bolted through the keel sump in the hull. Its run is flat, and the boat can sit on its keel, allowing it be careened against a seawall for bottom painting, prop repairs, or other work in locales where boatyards are rare.

In our earlier review, we noted that the engine compartment has no sound insulation, despite its proximity to the owners berth, but gluing in some lead-lined foam is within the capability of most owners.

Performance

Despite being 2,000 pounds heavier than the C&C 38, the Landfall 38 is still a quick boat. Its old PHRF rating of 120 is just a little higher than the Cal 39 at 114, and less than the Tartan 37 we’ll look at next.

The mast is a little shorter than that of the C&C 38, but as with most boats of the IOR era, the Landfall 38 has a large foretriangle of 385 square feet. A 150-percent genoa measures 580 square feet, which is a handful for older crew. Roller furling with maybe a 135 percent genoa would be a logical way to minimize the effort required to tack this boat.

Strangely, the Landfall 38 did not come standard with self-tailing winches; a highly recommended upgrade. The main halyard, Cunningham, and reefing lines are led aft to the cockpit, while the headsail halyards run to winches on deck near the mast.

The boat is stiff and well balanced. Owners like the way it handles and appreciate its speed.

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The standard engine was a 30-hp Yanmar diesel. The early Yanmar Q series had a reputation for being noisy and vibrating a lot. At some point, C&C began installing the Yanmar 3HM which replaced the 3QM. Power is adequate. The standard prop was a solid two-blade. Engine access leaves a lot to be desired.

Accommodations

The interior is pushed well into the ends of the boat to achieve a legitimate three-cabin accommodation plan. The standard layout was a V-berth forward with cedar-lined hanging locker. The berth narrows quickly forward so that tall people might not find enough foot room. Moving aft, there is a dinette and settees in the saloon, U-shaped galley and large head with shower amidships, and a double berth in the port quarter, opposite a navigation station. In rainy or wild weather, youll want to close the companionway hatch and keep weather boards in place so that water doesn’t spill into the nav station. Installing Plexiglas screens on either side of the ladder will help.

Oddly, there is no place to install fixed-mount instruments outboard of the nav table; that space is given to a hanging locker, but could be modified. Other than this, about the only other shortcoming is that the toilet is positioned so far under the side deck that persons of average size cannot sit upright. And, the head door is louvered, which compromises privacy.

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Concerns

There is not a lot to complain about with the Landfall 38 that we havent already said: the V-berth forward is tight, theres no sitting upright on the toilet, theres no place to install electronics at the nav station, and the nav station and aft berth invite a good soaking through the companionway.

Construction is above average, but have a surveyor sound the hull and decks for signs that the fiberglass skins have delaminated from the balsa core. Small areas can be repaired, but our advice is not to buy a boat with widespread delamination.

Landfall 38 Conclusion

The Landfall 38 is an excellent family boat and coastal cruiser. Its popularity in the Great Lakes region is not surprising. Island hopping to the Caribbean is also within reach, but any longer cruises will likely require more tank capacity and stowage. Standard tankage is 104 gallons water and 32 gallons of fuel. Prices range from around $55,000 to $65,000.

TARTAN 37: shoal draft and S&S styling.

In the early years of fiberglass boat construction, the major builders-Columbia, Cal, Morgan, Tartan, and others-commissioned well-known naval architects to design their models. Today, this work is more often done by a no-name in-house team over which the company has more control. Tartan Yachts of Grand River, Ohio, relied almost exclusively on the prestigious New York firm of Sparkman & Stephens; they’d drawn the Tartan 27 for the company’s antecedent, Douglass & McLeod, and were called on again to design the Tartan 37, which had a very successful production run from 1976 to 1988.

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Design

The Tartan 37 has the modern, clean, strong lines that typified S&S designs. The bow is raked, and the angle of the reverse transom is in line with the backstay-an easily missed detail that nevertheless affects the viewers impression of the boat. Freeboard is moderate and the sheer is gentle. In an early review, we wrote: “Underwater, the boat has a fairly long, low-aspect ratio fin keel, and a high-aspect ratio rudder faired into the hull with a substantial skeg.” In addition to the deep fin keel, a keel/centerboard also was offered. A distinctive feature is how the cockpit coamings fair into the cabin trunk. Its displacement/length ratio of 299 and sail area/displacement ratio of 16.1 rank it in the middle of the 9-model group (see table, page 9), so while it looks racy, its not going to smoke the other nine.

Construction

From its beginning, Tartan Yachts set out to build boats of above average quality, and this can be seen in both the finish and fiberglass work. Some unidirectional rovings were incorporated in the hull laminate to better carry loads; like the vast majority of boats of this era, the resin was polyester. Vinylester skin coats, which better prevent osmotic blistering, had yet to appear. Some printthrough is noticeable, more on dark-color hulls. The hull and deck are cored with end-grain balsa, which brings with it our usual warnings about possible delamination. The hull-deck joint is bolted through the toerail and bedded in butyl and polysulfide. Taping of bulkheads to the hull is neatly executed with no raw fiberglass edges visible anywhere in the interior. Seacocks have proper bronze ball valves. One owner advises checking the complex stainless-steel chainplate/tie rod assembly, especially if its a saltwater boat.

Shortcomings: Pulpit fasteners lack backing plates. Scuppers and bilge pump outlets have no shutoffs.

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Performance

Under sail, the Tartan 37 balances and tracks well. As noted earlier, its not a fireburner, but not a slug either. Its no longer widely raced, but the few participating in PHRF races around the country have handicaps ranging from 135-177 seconds per mile. The Niagara 35 now rates 150-165, and the C&C 38 126-138.

The deep fin-keel version points a little higher than the keel/centerboard because it has more lift, however, the deep draft of 6 feet, 7 inches is a liability for coastal cruising.

Because of the large foretriangle and relatively small mainsail, tacking a genoa requires larger winches and more muscle than if the relative areas of the two were reversed. For relaxed sailing, jiffy reefing of the main and a roller-furling headsail take the pain out of sail handling.

The 41-horsepower Westerbeke 50 diesel provides ample power. Standard prop was a 16-inch two blade. A folding or feathering propeller reduces drag, thereby improving speed. Access to the front of the engine, behind the companionway ladder, is good. Unfortunately, the oil dipstick is aft, requiring one to climb into the starboard cockpit locker-after you’ve removed all the gear stowed there.

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Accommodations

The layout below is straightforward with few innovations: large V-berth forward with hanging locker and drawers; head with sink and shower; saloon with drop-down table, settee, and pilot berth; U-shaped galley to starboard; and to port, a quarterberth that can be set up as a double. To work at the navigation station one sits on the end of the quarterberth. This plan will sleep more crew than most owners will want on board, but its nice to have the option. Pilot berths make good sea berths but often fill with gear that can’t easily be stowed elsewhere.

The fold-down table, like most of its ilk, is flimsy. Underway, tables should be strong enough to grab and hold on to without fear of damaging it or falling-thats not the case here. And the cabin sole is easily marred trying to get the pins in the legs to fit into holes in the sole.

Finish work in teak is excellent, though this traditional choice of wood makes for a somewhat dark interior. Today, builders have worked up the nerve to select lighter species such as ash and maple.

Eight opening portlights, four ventilators, and three hatches provide very good ventilation.

The standard stove was alcohol, which few people want anymore, owing to low BTU content (which means it takes longer to boil water), the difficulty in lighting, and almost invisible flame. Propane is a better choice, but there is no built-in stowage on deck for the tank, which must be in a locker sealed off from the interior and vented overboard. (You could mount the tank exposed on deck, but that would not complement the boats handsome lines.)

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Concerns

Theres not much to pick at here, but we’ll try. Centerboards come with their own peculiar set of problems: slapping in the trunk while at anchor, broken pendants and pivot pins, and fouling in the trunk that inhibits operation.

Often what sets apart higher-quality boats from the rest of the fleet is the cost of materials and labor in making up the wood interior. They look better than bare fiberglass, work better because they have more drawers and stowage options, and are warmer and quieter. The unnoticed flip side is that the joinerwork tends to hide problems, like the source of a leak. When all the fasteners are neatly bunged and varnished, it takes courage to start pulling apart the interior!

Checking engine oil is unnecessarily difficult, and to operate emergency steering gear (a tiller) the lazarette hatch must be held open, which could be dangerous. Lastly, the companionway sill is low for offshore sailing; stronger drop boards would help compensate.

Tartan 37 Conclusion

The enthusiasm for this boat is strong. In fact, theres a whole book written about it, put together with the help of the Tartan 37 Sailing Association (link below). You’ll pay in the mid- to high-$60s, which ranks it with the Niagara 35 and Freedom 36 as the most expensive of our nine. While Tartan 37s have made impressive voyages, and are as capable as the Niagara 35 and C&C Landfall 38, like them, its not really a blue-water design. We view it rather as a smart coastal cruiser and club racer. Good design and above-average construction give it extra long life on the used-boat market.

Classic Cruisers For Less Than $75,000

MODELLOALWLBEAMDRAFTBALLASTDISPLACEMENTSAIL AREAD/LSA/D
ALLIED PRINCESS36'0''27'6''11'0''4'6''5,000 lbs.14,400 lbs.604 sq. ft.30916.2
BRISTOL 35.5C35'6''27'6''10'10''3'9/9'6''7,000 lbs.15,000 lbs.589 sq. ft.32215.5
ENDEAVOUR 3737'5''30'0''11'7''4'6''8,000 lbs.21,000 lbs.580 sq. ft.34712.2
FREEDOM 3636'5''30'7''12'6''4'6'' or 6'0''6,500 lbs.14,370 lbs.685 sq. ft.22418.6
O'DAY 3737'0''30'4''11'2''4'9''5,370 lbs.14,000 lbs.594 sq. ft.22616.4
S2 11.036'0''28'3''11'11''5'6'' or 4'8''6,000 lbs.15,000 lbs.632 sq. ft.29717.2
C&C LANDFALL 3837'7''30'2''12'0''4'11''6,500 lbs.16,700 lbs.648 sq. ft.27215.9
NIAGARA 3535'1''26'8''11'5''5'2''5,500 lbs.14,000 lbs.598 sq. ft.32916.5
TARTAN 37 (CB)37'4''28'6''11'9''4'2''/7'9''7,500 lbs.15,500 lbs.625 sq. ft.29816.1

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The average sailor needs a boat that is at least 30 to 40 ft long to sail in the ocean. Transatlantic sails have been made on boats under 10 feet long, but the smaller the boat, the more dangerous the journey, and the more skilled the sailor must be.

What is a lightning sailboat? ›

The Lightning is an American sailing dinghy that was designed by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens, as a one-design racer and first built in 1938. Lightning.

What are tiny sailboats called? ›

A small sailboat is called a dinghy and is usually between 8 to 15 feet in length, with some being slightly larger. These sailboats vary in how they are used, but can either be powered by a motor, sailed with the use of a removable mast, or moved with oars.

How much is a new Catalina 22? ›

Catalina 22 Sport

The Catalina 22 Sport is a prime example of a swanky-looking sailboat that costs under $40,000. It comes with a retractable keel and is ideal for family racing.

What boat is best for liveaboard? ›

Which boat types make the best liveaboard vessels? Houseboats, Trawlers and Catamarans make the best liveaboards, although they each vary greatly in their design. Motor Yachts and Express Cruisers are also good options.

What size should my first sailboat be? ›

Ideally, your first sailboat should be: Between 22-27 feet long. 10-30 years old (if buying used). Younger boats will depreciate too much and older boats will require too much maintenance.

Can you legally sail around the world? ›

Can You Legally Sail Around the World? Yes, you can legally sail around the world. However, some jurisdictions require legal documentation, such as proof of boat ownership and a visa when entering another country's port. You'll also want to make sure you're in the appropriate type of boat.

Can a 30 foot sailboat cross the Atlantic? ›

In most cases, the answer is yes. Almost any well-prepared yacht of 30ft and upwards can tackle the downwind crossing, and indeed there is no reason why an even smaller boat can't do it successfully.

How big of a sailboat do you need to cross the Pacific? ›

How big of a boat to cross the Pacific? You need a boat that is at least 30 ft long to cross the Pacific, but it is much wiser to choose one that is at least 40 ft long. You need a boat this big because it needs to be seaworthy, have sufficient storage, and provide enough comfort for your journey.

What size boat do you need to sail across the Atlantic? ›

Whether you're motoring or sailing, you need a boat at least 30 ft long to cross the Atlantic. Ideally, your boat will be at least 40 feet long for safety and comfort. The experience of motoring or sailing across the Atlantic are very different, but both require a boat of at least this size.

What is the safest ocean to sail? ›

Sail from the Atlantic westward to the Caribbean, using the trade winds, crossing the Panama Canal, the South Pacific Ocean, and then either around Cape of Good Hope or through the Suez Canal. The safest sailing conditions are along the equator since it provides the most reliable sailing weather and calmest waters.

What's better flat bottom or V bottom boat? ›

While flat bottom boats are built for leisure, deep v boats were born for efficiency. While a deep V boat can't take you as far into shallow waters or stay as stable in calm waters as a flat bottom boat, they deal with choppy water far better that their flat bottomed cousins.

Is there an unsinkable sailboat? ›

sport keelboat sailboat5.70

Stark, simple and well manufactured, the Open 5.70 is unsinkable and cannot capsize.

How big of a yacht do I need to sail across the Atlantic? ›

Whether you're motoring or sailing, you need a boat at least 30 ft long to cross the Atlantic. Ideally, your boat will be at least 40 feet long for safety and comfort. The experience of motoring or sailing across the Atlantic are very different, but both require a boat of at least this size.

What are the most seaworthy boats? ›

The vast majority of trawlers and cruising motorboats out there are semi–displacement boats, and their popularity is well justified. The full displacement hull shape travels through the water and is by far the most traditionally seaworthy shape for a cruising powerboat.

What is the safest sailboat design? ›

What are the safest sailboats available?
  1. Wayfarer. The wayfarer is a large two-man sailboat. Someone can sail it solo if they wish, but that might take a little more practice. ...
  2. Flying fifteen. The flying fifteen is a sturdy two-man keelboat. ...
  3. Sprint 15 Catamaran. Catamarans are great boats for beginners.

Is Beneteau a blue water cruiser? ›

With its new Sense line of cruising sailboats, Beneteau sets out to provide the best bluewater cruiser for families.

What is considered a bluewater sailboat? ›

A blue water sailboat is a boat that is designed for extended voyages in open water. The opposite are inland production boats.

These five offshore cruisers deserve the attention of any sailor looking for a relatively affordable boat that can go the distance.

When I was asked to highlight five top affordable bluewater cruising sailboats, about 30 models popped into my head.. Boats that cost less than half a million dollars new Boats that cost $250,000 or less when they aren’t much more than 10 years old Boats that are still in production today (keeping in mind that builders regularly stretch or shrink molds and create new designs based on old ones). With plenty of cockpit space and a spacious cabin, the Caliber 40 LRC works well for entertaining as well as cruising.. These sturdy, aft cockpit boats boast good water and fuel tankage, a nice 2/2 layout, and an optional shoal keel (4’ 6”) for skinny water destinations.. The 420 is not offered as a new build anymore; it's been replaced by the 460/465, which carry on the Island Packet tradition of building solid bluewater boats that aren’t all things to all people but have exactly what some people want.. There are older and less expensive models still plying offshore waters today—and newer and more expensive models that have taken cruising to a new level—but these five affordable bluewater cruisers certainly merit your attention.-Don’t see your favorite affordable bluewater cruiser included here?. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International.

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Since I wanted to remove all my bottom paint to check the condition of the barrier coat, the next phase of my bottom prep campaign relied upon a Fein vacuum sanding rig (see facing page, “Random Orbit Sander Runs Circles Around Hand-sanding”).. Any painter will tell you that proper surface preparation is essential for a good finish.. A teak sealer like Boatlife Teak Oil and Sealer ensures good footing on the cabin sole.. And that’s why I’ve settled on a varnish that has good adhesion, but is flexible and easy to sand.. Perfect has a black hole effect on time and the cost of a job.

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The companys aim was high-volume production, keeping prices low by standardizing design, making as few tooling changes as possible, and offering its boats fully equipped-while other companies were selling things like bow pulpits and lifelines as options on a 30-foot boat.. The original Hunter boats were marketed as the affordable fantasy and came with sails, dock lines, fenders, life jackets, and fire extinguishers, in what Hunter called the Cruise Pak of standard features.. The Hunter 30 Designed by John Cherubini and built from 1974 to 1983, the Hunter 30 is a coastal cruiser that was designed to offer a lot of boat for little money.. A large number of Hunter 30 owners who responded to our survey reported that their boat was rigged for singlehanding, making it easy to sail with a short- or single-handed crew.. Most of the owners who completed our survey thought the engines were minimal for powering the boat, especially in any kind of head seas; however, by traditional standards, even the 12-horsepower model should be adequate for the weight and length of the boat.. Considering that the test boat had almost no sail controls and old sails, and that the underbody was rough and a bit weedy, the boat moved very well, going to weather respectably in a serious racing fleet, and reaching and running competitively.. Conclusions The Hunter 30 was a boat built to a price point-to appeal to the sailor who wanted a lot of boat at an affordable price.

Whether you are making a voyage from one coast of the United States to the other or plan to make your way around the globe, a decent cruising sailboat is a must.

If you imagine a typical small sailboat such as a wayfarer you are looking at a pretty solid boat.. A cruising boat is meant to be liveable for long periods between making land.. If a sailboat is capable of housing you for a few days, technically it can be classed as a cruising sailboat .. While, yes, a sailboat capable of traveling for multiple days without making land could be classed as a cruising sailboat.. If a boat doesn’t have a strong mast, the sail is more likely to come down.. If a boat doesn’t have the storage to accommodate this, you won’t be able to make the journey.. Make sure you are capable of making the voyage before you think about whether your boat can.. Being a great sailor is one, making sure you have the best cruising sailboat possible is another.. Only a handful of these boats were finished to completion in the factory, the majority were sold as kits and built by the boat’s owner.. The outside, especially the hull, is likely to be the same from boat to boat as they were sold as a piece.. The hull is fiberglass so you know you are getting a sturdy boat, but the trade-off from the iron ballast means this boat is heavy and slow to maneuver.. Hopefully, you now have a good idea about what to look for in a sailing cruise boat.. Buying a cruising sailboat is a huge commitment, it is important to be sure of your choice before you make the purchase.. Whether you are making a voyage from one coast of the United States to the other or plan to make your way around the globe, a decent cruising sailboat is a must.. This article will help you know what to look for in a cruising sailboat and which specific boats you should look into buying.

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Practical Sailor closes in on its search for the best teak oil, best marine varnish, and best synthetic wood finish this month.. The test products included dozens of one-part varnishes, two-part varnishes, synthetic wood finishes and stains, spar varnishes, wood sealants and teak oils from makers like Interlux, Pettit, Epifanes, Le Tonkinois, Minwax, Ace Hardware, Star brite, and West Marine.. The Fujinon binoculars were the favorite in Practical Sailors 2006 test.All three marine binoculars in this test are waterproof and have a compass, a focus adjustment for each eye with a range of 5 to 5, 7x magnification, 500-millimeter objective lenses, and a rangefinder.. For a fair indication of just how sharply prices have fallen on some classic cruising boats, you need only to look at the online listings for the nine boats profiled in this months cover story ("Bargain Voyagers," page 8).. This report offers an update to our panel tests after six months and 18 months in the water as well as the head-to-head tests under way on our test boat fleet.. Some of the best performers (out of 72 paints tested) at six months were hard paints and specialty antifoulings such as Copper Shield 45 Hard made by Blue Water, VC Offshore by Interlux, Copper Guard by Pettit, and Sharkskin by Sea Hawk.. Practical Sailor Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo sets out to remove a few layers of bottom paint and the underlying Interlux InterProtect epoxy barrier coat, which was applied to his boat hull in 1982.. To highlight how these boat design principles play out, Practical Sailor looks at classic sailboats such as the Bill Shaw-designed Pearson 32, Ericson 41, Valiant 40, and Peterson 44, and compares their keel/sail ratios and lead values to more modern sailboat designs such as the Catalina, Hunter, Tartan, and Beneteau.. Practical Sailor tested a field of 10 tubs of paste waxes for ease of application, gloss, texture, finish, and price.. The boat wax test included marine paste waxes and car waxes-some with carnauba-from Meguiars, Turtle Wax, 3M, Collinite, Kit, Mothers, Nu-Finish, and Star brite.. Gloss, along with ease of application and the ability to repel dirt and water, are the features that Practical Sailor focused on for this report (see "How We Tested," page 32).

The idea of single-handed sailing or solo sailing appeals to racers and cruisers alike. But what are the best sailboats for solo sailing? Well, let's find out.

In short, the best sailboats for solo sailing usually sacrifice speed and additional performance for ease of use and stability.. In addition to being a purist's sailing boat, this boat is a small and light boat that can be easily handled.. It has all the necessary features to allow you to easily adapt it to perform perfectly either as a cruising or racing sailboat.. This is perhaps because it's designed and set up for racing, so it can be great for you especially if you're looking for a coastal cruiser that can be easily handled.. Rig Everything about rigging this boat is designed to be easy.. Rig Like many Hunter designs, the Hunter 31 can be fractionally rigged given that it has a relatively large mainsail to give it a more sail area in light winds and a small headsail with a lower sheet load.. As a small cruiser keelboat, this French-designed boat is primarily built of fiberglass and is perfect if you want a vessel that's great for solo sailing while still offering maximum space for comfort.. This is a boat that is designed for speed, particularly in high winds.. Rig A simple sprit rig can work greatly on this boat but you can also consider Bermuda-Rigged sloop, which is efficient in propelling the boat in various wind conditions.. But what are the best sailboats for solo sailing?

Instead of docking a large boat, you can purchase a small trailerable sailboat. A trailerable sailboat is a perfect option for part-time sailors and people with busy lives.

This tiny boat also features a small cabin, which has ideal sleeping accommodations for a cruising couple.. We thought it fitting to include the Potter 15’s big brother, the West Wight Potter 19, on this list of the best trailerable sailboats .. West Wight Potter boats are well known for their robust design and easy handling, and the Potter 19 is no exception.. The cabin features generous accommodations for a boat of its size, featuring space for a vee-berth, a small stove, a sink, and a portable head.. This comfortable trailerable sailboat originated in 1971—at the height of the fiberglass boat boom.. This sailboat, despite its trailerable size and weight, features surprisingly good handling characteristics and generous accommodations.. This 24-foot fiberglass boat features a robust design and ease-of-maintenance rarely found on boats with similar capabilities.. The boat can handle some serious offshore cruising and features the capabilities of other full-keel sailboats.. There aren’t many trailerable offshore cruisers available, which is because it’s not easy to design a small boat with offshore capabilities.. The Flicka 20 is known to be a truly seaworthy ocean-going sailboat, which happens to be small enough to fit on an average-sized boat trailer.. The boats listed here are by no means the only options—in fact, there are dozens of excellent trailerable sailboat models on the market.. And with this list of the best trailerable sailboats, you can find the boat that fits your needs (and your budget) and hit the water in no time.. Instead of docking a large boat, you can purchase a small trailerable sailboat.

Most small sailboats under 20 feet in this list are time-tested, easy to rig, simple to sail, extremely fun, and perfect either for solo sailing or for sailing with friends and family.

The Marlow-Hunter 15 is not only easy to own since it's one of the most affordable small sailboats but also lots of fun to sail.. In addition to being durable, the Hobie 16 is trailerable, great for speed, weighs only 320 pounds, great for four people, and more importantly, offers absolute fun.. Other than that, the Montgomery 17 is a great small sailboat that can be yours for about $14,000.. If you're in the market looking for a small sailboat that offers contemporary performance with classic beauty, the Paine 14 should be your ideal option.. It will serve you well and your kids will probably fall in love with sailing if Lido 14 becomes their main vessel during weekends or long summer holidays.. There you have it; these are some of the best small sailboats you can go for.. All you need to go sailing is a hull, a mast, rudder, and, of course, a sail.

You have fallen in love with sailboats and can't resist the call any longer. I feel ya. The upfront cost is quite something, right? Both in money and skill level. Well, your dream isn't necessarily that far away. Let me show you a few of the best sailboats capable of crossing vast oceans, boats that are beginner-friendly and that won't cost over …

Let me show you a few of the best sailboats capable of crossing vast oceans, boats that are beginner-friendly and that won't cost over $25,000.. Sure it won't be new or large, but as far as build quality goes, no compromises have to be made.. They say long passages are often more about maintenance than about actual sailing skills.. Also, this boat was designed as a coastal cruiser and it shows.. On that note - pleasure cruisers often favor the cockpit space, decreasing the under the dock space.. We will talk about the 28 model but if you go two feet up in size to the Cape Dory 30, you will be able to get it for about the same price.. Below the deck, you will find a V berth, heads, sink, plenty of storage space, and generally as much space as you would expect from a boat this size.. There were quite a lot of these models built during its production lifespan, which means there is no shortage of used Dories - something that drives the price down and makes this boat start at around $10 000 on average.. It won't house many people, I wouldn't go on it with more than two, if the passage is long, but how big of a crew do you need anyway, right?. A nice thing is that although we are talking about a French brand, most of these specific models were exported to the US, so if you live out there, you won't be hard-pressed to find one.

Sailing alone can be an extraordinary experience for many boaters. Many have attempted to sail on long passages and explore the oceans. But, a common concern is, which one is the right boat to sail single-handed? We’ll find out together in this article. Fortunately, there are many suitable seaworthy vessels for one person. In this article, I list you the best boats to single-hand as well as find out what makes them appropriate for single-handing. These boats range from small lake dinghies all the way to comfortable cruisers capable of oceanic crossings. So, keep reading! A Few Things About Single-Handed...

If you’re looking for a boat to short-handed sail, start by looking at the reefing and sail handling systems, as well as the pilot’s specifications.. But, keep in mind that there are also sailboats of 70ft that are set up to be handled by 1 or 2 persons on deck.. The most common problem sailors experience is reefing the mainsail by themselves.. So, now let’s see the best boats for single-handed sailing!. So, with its great interior and performance, the Hanse 371 is a seaworthy vessel that may cost you around $60,000.. This boat is not only a classical sailing boat but also a small and light one that is easy to navigate.

"I'm a twenty-year-old sailor, but I identify as an old salt." says Cooper VonAchen. He shares how he bought and equipped a small sailboat for bluewater cruising.

Cooper is preparing to sail from California to Mexico and the South Pacific, but he’s gone about it differently: namely without a big boat, fancy electronics, complicated systems, or even a marine head!. Being only twenty years old, I haven’t had a lot of time to work and save for the ideal cruising machine, “Go small!” people told me.. For example, a Dana 24 is an amazing small cruising sailboat, but you would be hard pressed to find one for under 30K.. How about one of the handful of small bluewater boats that fall into the category of “Go small, go simple, go now,” but cost an outstanding amount of money?. I would say that is next to nothing for a small cruising sailboat.. I know this can be a pain, pumping away just to get water out of your faucet, but time not wasted on fixing your boat is time spent enjoying the places you worked so hard to be.. Now I don’t need to go into detail on exactly how I outfitted my small cruising sailboat, less electrical more manual systems, because you can just apply this ideology into your own outfitting process.. Now you experienced Yachtsman are going to turn your nose up at such an outrageous choice of self-steering gear as there are only a handful of people crazy enough to use this method to steer their boat across oceans.. Because if you are working on your boat or working to pay for it in the first place, you will never truly enjoy what the cruising life has to offer because all of your time is being eaten away by what many would consider vital necessities.. If you plan to sail across oceans, you can probably do so on the sailboat you have, or maybe there is a small cruising sailboat out there in your price range, that with the right mindset and patience, could take you to far off ports and tropical islands.

The following best sailboats for beginners were chosen because of their handling characteristics, low cost-of-ownership, and simplicity.

This versatile craft (and rig) has a large and relatively simple single sail, which is easier to handle than multiple sails.. Rig Dinghy rigs vary between builders, but many use the simple Spirit Rig.. The large sail plan of the Sunfish makes it ideal for lakes and other areas where the wind is sporadic or very low, and the boat can be safely handled in many conditions.. The boat is great for racing and learning and is also available in a Bermuda rig.. Rig The laser is a Cat Rigged boat.. The simple rig has a mast and a boom and is very easy to set up.. The sail area of the laser is relatively large and designed for speed in high winds.. Price New Laser sailboats start around $6,000 which is slightly more than the Sunfish.. This boat, which has only one mainsail and no headsails, is available in a wide range of designs.. Catboats are easy to handle, and one who learns on a small catboat can easily transition to a larger one.. However, unsinkability isn’t the only characteristic of this boat that makes it ideal for beginners.. The rig is simple and easy to set up, and the handling characteristics are excellent.. The West Wight Potter 19 is a great introduction to large sailboats and carries amenities normally reserved for boats at least 1/3 larger.. Also, consider what you want to do with the sailboat.. In fact, learning to sail a basic boat is relatively easy—in the right environment, you can start cruising with minimal experience.

It’s a sunny day, and you want to take a spin around the harbor. What better way to do that than launching a daysailer? These sailboats are traditionally smaller than a cruise ship or yacht, but considerably bigger than kayaks, catamarans, inflatable dinghies, and other smaller boats. Owning an open…

In Boats. What better way to do that than launching a daysailer?. But there are a whole lot of small boats built by Catalina, too.. It will take a tremendous effort to capsize this beautiful boat, making it one of the best daysailers any daysailer (or intending daysailer) would want to have.. It has a self-bailing cockpit that allows any water that gets into the boat to exit quickly.. The 13-feet 10-inch Laser boat is not included on the list of the best daysailers for nothing.. The Laser is a great choice even if you simply want to enjoy plain smooth sailing just for fun.. This is an excellent choice for buoy racing with enough room for a crew of six to compete.. This is the perfect choice for a family day sailing boat, especially if you want to encourage kids to learn to sail.

Looking for a budget catamaran that can take you to exotic locations? Here are 11 small capable catamarans for coastal and bluewater sailing.

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We analyzed two-thousand bluewater sailboats to bring you a list of the top proven offshore designs. Read on to learn about bluewater boats.

We analyzed just under 2,000 boats embarking on ocean crossings (over a 12 year time period) and came up with a list of the ten best bluewater sailboats.. The data for our best bluewater sailboats list comes from 12 years of entries in the Pacific Puddle Jump (PPJ), an annual cross-Pacific rally.. There were at least 10 PPJ rally entries for every make of boat on our top 10 list.. All of these makes are considered good cruisers, some of them are even best-selling designs!. 60% of the boats on our list were first built before 2000.. The Westsail 32 is one of the most iconic bluewater cruisers and 19 have set out to cross the Pacific in the PPJ rally since 2009.. With over 800 boats built , it may be one of the best-selling catamarans in the world.. 18 Lagoon 440s have set out to cross the Pacific in the PPJ rally since 2009.. Lagoon is making some of the best cruising sailboats.. LOA46.10 ft / 14.05 mFirst built1997BuilderFountaine Pajot (FRA)DesignerJoubert-NiveltHull typeCat.. LOA41.86 ft / 12.76 mFirst built1989BuilderCatalina (USA)DesignerCatalinaHull typeFin keel, spade rudderRig typeMasthead sloopDisplacement20,500 lb / 9,299 kg See more Catalina 42 specs.. LOA46.32 ft / 14.12 mFirst built2006BuilderRobertson & Caine (RSA)DesignerMorelli & MelvinHull typeCat.

Small bluewater sailboats are a great choice for sailing around the world. Here are our top 5 picks for small cruising sailboats.

Small bluewater sailboatWhen I say small bluewater sailboats, I mean boats under 37-feet long.. The Pardeys are icons of small sailboat cruising.. Small cruising sailboats need to have a solid construction that will withstand the test of storms, tall waves and strong winds.. We chose a Tayana 37 for our small cruising sailboat, which features a fairly deep full keel, a super thick fiberglass hull, a moderately heavy displacement, two good sea berths and a small, sea-going cockpit.. This 27-foot small bluewater sailboat has an excellent reputation as one of the best bluewater boats.. Not many small steel bluewater sailboats boats were built, but the Van De Stadt is definitely one of the most seaworthy ones.. Photo: Sailing Kittiwake When looking for a small bluewater sailboat to cruise on, it’s important to make sure it comes with:

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