Sailing Magazine - Used Boat Notebook http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-118-1-used-boat-notebook.html Thu, 23 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Balboa 26 - You don’t have to spend a lot to own a seaworthy and sturdy pocket cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1933-balboa-26.html Balboa 26 - You don’t have to spend a lot to own a seaworthy and sturdy pocket cruiser
If the Balboa 26 had a motto it would echo the original marketing brochures that celebrated the boat’s ability to “go fast, go anywhere.” Designed by Lyle Hess, who in the mid-1970s would become well known for his 28-foot Bristol Channel Cutter design, the Balboa 26 fulfilled a growing demand for an economical cruising boat....]]>
Yankee 30 - Graceful, sturdy and seakindly, this Sparkman & Stephens design is an enduring classic http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1908-yankee-30.html Yankee 30 - Graceful, sturdy and seakindly, this Sparkman & Stephens design is an enduring classic
The Yankee 30 was one of many fiberglass boats that was affected by the global oil crisis of the 1970s, which curtailed production. The cost of resin raised boat prices above the budget of average sailors. In some cases builders simply lacked the raw materials required for construction....]]>
Alberg 29 - Pretty to look at and tough to boot, this classic cruiser makes a fine family boat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1868-alberg-29.html Alberg 29 - Pretty to look at and tough to boot, this classic cruiser makes a fine family boat
The Alberg 29 was designed by naval architect Carl Alberg and built by Nye Yachts in Canada from 1976 to 1985. The full-keel, masthead sloop was made to replace the much-admired Alberg 30, which had been in production since 1962....]]>
Cape Dory 28 - This rugged Carl Alberg-designed classic is a bargain-priced family cruiser http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1854-cape-dory-28.html Cape Dory 28 - This rugged Carl Alberg-designed classic is a bargain-priced family cruiser
Cape Dory 28 Practicality coupled with a sense of style sums up the Cape Dory 28 sloop. This one-design, compact cruiser ranks among the more popular boats in its size and class. ...]]>
Hunter 43 Legend - This cruiser is more functional than fabulous, but offers a great value http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1845-hunter-43-legend.html Hunter 43 Legend - This cruiser is more functional than fabulous, but offers a great value

The sales brochure from 1989 pretty much sums up the Hunter 43 Legend, noting it was designed to exceed the requirements of sailors searching for performance without sacrificing comfort.

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Com-Pac Sun Cat - This easy-to-sail catboat makes quick work of daysails, yet is spacious enough for a weekend coastal cruise http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1815-com-pac-sun-cat.html Com-Pac Sun Cat - This easy-to-sail catboat makes quick work of daysails, yet is spacious enough for a weekend coastal cruise

 Clark Mills envisioned a trailerable boat that was easy to rig, simple to sail, and would draw just enough water to make it suitable for breezing across skinny water or spending the night in a gunkhole.

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Westsail 28 - Marketed as an alternative to the pricier Westsail 32, this compact cruiser is capable of offshore voyageing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1769-westsail-28.html Westsail 28 - Marketed as an alternative to the pricier Westsail 32, this compact cruiser is capable of offshore voyageing

 The 1975 sales brochure described the Westsail 28 as a world cruiser and the boat lived up to that promise. Although only 78 hulls were built, far fewer than the impressively popular Westsail 32, most of the small cruisers are still sailing the far-flung corners of the globe. 

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Baba 35 - A beautiful and rugged offshore cruiser that is perfect for a small family or a couple http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1749-baba-35.html Baba 35 - A beautiful and rugged offshore cruiser that is perfect for a small family or a couple

 Sailors who admire the Baba 35 are quick to point out that the bluewater cruiser possesses both beauty and brawn. The full-keel, double-ended cutter was designed by naval architect Robert H. Perry. When it first splashed in 1979, the boat was dubbed the Flying Dutchman.


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Catalina 22 - This pint-sized daysailer and family weekender packs a lot of sailing into a small package http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1720-catalina-22.html Catalina 22 - This pint-sized daysailer and family weekender packs a lot of sailing into a small package
 Frank Butler had a dream. In July 1969, he designed and built the first Catalina 22 in North Hollywood, California. This petite, family-friendly cruising sloop was his fledgling company’s inau...]]>
Morgan 34 - Charley Morgan’s early yachts look great and sail even better http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1699-morgan-34.html Morgan 34 - Charley Morgan’s early yachts look great and sail even better

 Charles “Charley” Morgan Jr. emerged as a top yacht designer and builder shortly after the 1960 launch of Paper Tiger, the 40-foot, fiberglass, centerboard yawl commissioned by New York yachtsman Jack Powell. 

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J/24 - This compact one-design racer remains as popular as ever http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1666-j_24.html J/24 - This compact one-design racer remains as popular as ever

 The J/24’s story reads like the script of a Disney movie. It’s 1975 and amateur boat designer Rod Johnstone is tinkering in the garage at the family’s Stonington, Connecticut, home. 

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Peterson 34 - This fast, tough racer-cruiser is well suited for offshore racing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1640-peterson-34.html Peterson 34 - This fast, tough racer-cruiser is well suited for offshore racing
American yacht designer Doug Peterson gained the attention of the world’s most competitive sailors when he unveiled the one tonner Ganbare in 1973. The 35-foot sloop was innovative below the waterline, and it was praised for its looks and sailing capability. It went on to win the SORC. By 1976, Peterson had designed the Peterson 34, an offshore racer-cruiser....]]>
Jeanneau Sunshine 38 - A blend of speed and comfort still stacks up on one of the first performance cruisers http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1512-jeanneau-sunshine-38.html Jeanneau Sunshine 38 - A blend of speed and comfort still stacks up on one of the first performance cruisers
When Tony Castro designed the Jeanneau Sunshine 38 in the early 1980s, many other naval architects had not yet caught up with the notion that sailors might want a comfortable cruising yacht that was a...]]>
Alden 44 - This classy bluewater racer-cruiser is worth waiting for http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1504-alden-44.html Alden 44 - This classy bluewater racer-cruiser is worth waiting for
The Alden 44 was designed in 1977 and has been turning heads ever since. This capable offshore racer-cruiser has made countless passages and won its fair share of hardware on the race course in its da...]]>
Hunter 31 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1464-hunter-31.html Hunter 31
The Hunter 31 can easily be added to the list of "everyman sailboats" because of its relatively affordable price, the sheer number of hulls currently on the used boat market and the sloop's overall versatility as both daysailer and family cruiser. First impressions Would-be boat owners looking for a bargain are likely to gravitate to the Hunter 31, which has a racy look with masthead rig and ...]]>
Island Packet 38 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1438-island-packet-38.html Island Packet 38
This proven offshore cruiser is built for comfort, not speed Bring up the Island Packet 38 as a topic of discussion and you're likely to hear opinions that range from amazing offshore cruising yacht to sit back and get comfortable, it's going to be a long ride. When the 38 rolled off the assembly line in 1986, it offered few surprises from a boat builder known for staying close to the s...]]>
Pearson 303 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1405-pearson-303.html Pearson 303
This spacious, well-built coastal cruiser is an affordable way to enter the big boat world When Bill Shaw designed the Pearson 30 in the early 1970s, sailors responded by buying nearly 1,200 of them during a decade of steady production. Yachts in the 30- to 35-foot range were selling briskly, so just as the last Pearson 30s came off the assembly line, Shaw released the cruiser-friendly Pears...]]>
Hunter Legend 37 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1391-hunter-legend-37.html Hunter Legend 37
A midsize racer-cruiser that is the best of both worlds Hunter Marine was launched in 1972 by Warren Luhrs, with many early cruising models designed by John Cherubini. By the 1990s, an inhouse team was responsible for most of the design work, which included the Bergstrom & Ridder rig with swept spreaders. The Hunter Legend 37 was launched just prior to the company's move to its trademark ar...]]>
Cape Dory 25 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1368-cape-dory-25.html Cape Dory 25
One of the first pocket cruisers launched was designed and built to take you anywhere Cape Dory Yachts was enjoying the tremendous success of its 19-foot Typhoon daysailer, designed by the venerable Carl Alberg, when the first Cape Dory 25 was launched in 1973. Fresh from the drawing board of George Stadel III, the larger sloop was meant to give the company an entry point into the red-hot cruisin...]]>
Pearson 365 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1337-pearson-365.html Pearson 365
From thin-water sailing to rough passages, this cruiser deliversBill Shaw had a practical appreciation for sailboats, designing boats with traditional lines capable of cruising chest-deep coastal waters and crossing the open sea. He began his career working for 12 years alongside legendary naval architect Olin Stephens as part of the team at Sparkman & Stephens in New York. He then joined Pear...]]>
Gozzard 36 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1327-gozzard-36.html Gozzard 36
Designed for bluewater cruising, this innovative cutter stands out for its qualityPracticality and beauty aren't often found in the same package, which makes the Gozzard 36 a standout. Beamy and solidly constructed, this traditional-style cutter with a clipper bow is hard to ignore at the dock and or under sail. After all, it's a 36-foot yacht that extends beyond 42 feet when the sprit and aft din...]]>
Tartan 30 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1316-tartan-30.html Tartan 30
Perfect for a family cruise or a romp around the buoys, this easy-to-handle design shinesDesigned by Olin Stephens, the Tartan 30 was built by Tartan Marine and launched in 1972 amid gloomy economic times. Nonetheless, the small sloop proved a success, prompting Tartan to churn out hundreds of them over a seven-year production run. A masthead sloop with fixed fin keel and skeg-hung rudder, the Tar...]]>
C&C 32 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1304-cc-32.html C&C 32

 

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Columbia 43 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1259-columbia-43.html Columbia 43
A modern mix of cruising and racing for its time, this 40-footer is still the right fit for a familyThe Columbia 43 ranks among several early fiberglass classics spawned from the drawing board of the late naval architect William H. Tripp, Jr. While not as popular as his Columbia 50, this light-displacement sloop quickly became paradoxically known for its speed on the race course and its interior c...]]>
Pearson 30 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1250-pearson-30.html Pearson 30
Tender yet reliable, this Bill Shaw classic serves up style and valuePlenty of out-of-the-box thinking went into naval architect Bill Shaw's design of the Pearson 30, from its encapsulated fin keel that dispensed with worry over rusting keelbolts to a scimitar-shaped spade rudder. Although most any boat will find its critics, the P-30 seemingly has relatively few, and a large share of the more tha...]]>
MacGregor 26 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1233-macgregor-26.html MacGregor 26
This popular trailersailer has some get-up-and-goThe MacGregor 26 is a trailerable coastal cruiser, powerboat, ski boat, party barge and floating home all wrapped into one hull. The obvious design compromises in a motorboat-sailboat hybrid have made many owners smile. Designer and builder Roger MacGregor ventured into the boatbuilding business in the early 1960s after being assigned a college clas...]]>
Tartan 3500 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1194-tartan-3500.html Tartan 3500
This lively performance-cruiser remains a quality family boat and weekend club racerThe Tartan 3500 is a perfect example of what's right with the sailing industry. Handsome, well designed and soundly engineered, the 3500 is a sleek performance-cruiser that during the course of a long production run has also weathered the turbulent economic seas of the past few years. While it is a stretch to claim...]]>
Cape Dory 36 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1166-cape-dory-36.html Cape Dory 36
Pretty lines and forgiving design from Carl Alberg, plus a sturdy build, make this classic a capable offshore cruiser People are often surprised when they see the image of a handsome Cape Dory 36 pop up on my slide show of 25 great boats for bluewater sailing. Although I think it's beautiful, I don't hide the fact that I am not wild about full keel, short waterline boats. So why is it on my list?...]]>
45-year-old charmers http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1091-45-year-old-charmers.html 45-year-old charmers
Three great used boats first launched in 1966 are still sailing strong 45-year-old charmers Three great used boats first launched in 1966 are still sailing strong In 1966 John Lennon infamously announced that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus. "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" aired on television for the first time with Boris Karloff narrating. There were 250,000 American soldiers slogging...]]>
Flicka http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1056-flicka.html Flicka
Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, this small boat has a heart of an oceangoing cruiser The Flicka is like Elvis or Prince, one word and you immediately draw a mental picture. Love it or dismiss it as a cutesy paean to tradition, it's impossible not to like the Flicka. A pocket cruiser with a big heart and impressive resume, it's a plodding beagle of a boat, small but adorable. And while heavy litt...]]>