Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day Sailor Vs. Pocket Crusier

An interesting comparison between a day sailor and a pocket cruiser described in on of the comments (copy below) from a forum thread at: https://www.reddit.com/r/sailing/comments/2vh6yv/first_time_buying_advice/
The Grampian 26 is specified...

[–]ShaunSailingBayfield 25 'I'm Easy' 3 points  
I found that any boat below 25 feet would generally be a 'daysailor'. Pocket cruisers start at 25 feet. It was because of this that I stopped looking at boats less than 25 feet.
In general, a daysailor is a big dinghy with a cabin. They are fine for sailing on a small lake and in good weather, but you wouldn't want to go on long cruises on the great lakes with them. They have a very basic interior (no inboard, no plumbing, minimal electrical, etc.) and light rigging.
Pocket cruisers are designed for longer cruises and heavy weather and can handle the Great Lakes no problem. Good ones can even be rigged for coastal ocean cruising (I wouldn't cross an ocean in one though - although its been done many times). They often have an outboard engine, but you can easily find ones with an inboard. Also, they will have a head and kitchen plumbing, and usually an icebox (no fridge). The interior will have lights and outlets and comfy cushions, etc. You could essentially live aboard these (if you don't mind tight spaces).
Some good pocket cruisers that I looked at (and can be found in our area) are: Bayfield 25, Bristol 26, C&C 25, CS 27, Grampian 26, HR25, Morgan 27, S2 8.0B, and Tartan 27. But for your price range, you'll probably get the best boat for the money looking at the Grampian 26 or the Bayfield 25.
Here is a good looking Grampian for sale. Note it has an outboard motor.
ps. I did all my boat searching through kijiji too. You'll see alot more boats pop up on kijiji when the sailing season returns.
Also, look at boats listed well above your price range and then offer something within your price range for it. You might get lucky and get a great boat for a great price!



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