Sailing Magazine - Used Boat Notebook https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-118-1-used-boat-notebook.html Mon, 19 Apr 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Santa Cruz 52 - When ‘Fast is Fun’ is designed to cruise, you get a swift passagemaker https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2293-santa-cruz-52.html There’s really no way to talk about the Santa Cruz 52 without stating the obvious: It’s fun to go fast. Bill Lee, who designed the SC52 along with several other sleek and speedy sailboats of varyi...]]> Allied Princess 36 - This full-keel ketch can take sailors across oceans in comfort and safety https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2291-allied-princess-36.html Arthur H. Edmunds Jr., designer of the Allied Princess 36 ketch, spent most of his life drawing sailboats. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and completing his military service, the P...]]> C&C 121 - This reliable 40-footer shows off the best of its cruiser-racer heritage https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2287-cc-121.html The C&C 121 doesn’t resemble the venerable boats designed and built by C&C Yachts from the mid-1960s into the 1980s, but the sleek, 40-foot sloop is every bit as high quality as its predeces...]]> Fuji 35 - This classic Alden-designed ketch is seaworthy and beautiful https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2272-fuji-35.html Naval architect John G. Alden never got to see his traditional Fuji 35 ketch make the jump from drafting table to boat-building production line. Alden was born in 1884 and died in 1962, eleven years b...]]> Kelly-Peterson 46 - This well-built center-cockpit cutter can take you offshore in comfort https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2265-kelly-peterson-46.html The center-cockpit Kelly Peterson 46 has sparked plenty of discussion among sailors who favor bluewater cutters, mostly because it’s often compared with its little sister, the popular Kelly Peterson...]]> C&C 36 Invader - This rugged racer cruiser has a loyal following, making this rare early C&C a desirable used boat https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2261-cc-36-invader.html The Invader was launched in 1965 during the golden age of fiberglass boat construction. This recreational cruising boat was one of the earliest C&C designs built. The Invader was designed by Geor...]]> Corbin 39 - This rugged bluewater cruiser offers seakindly sailing and comfort https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2254-corbin-39.html One of the ways to learn about the Corbin 39 is to read builder Marius Corbin’s story in his own words. On the verge of creating the boat of his dreams, Corbin founded Corbin les Bateaux Inc. in Can...]]> Annie 29 - This classic Chuck Paine design is a capable offshore cruiser https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2156-annie-29.html When Morris Yachts launched the Chuck Paine-designed Annie 29 in 1980, it attracted plenty of attention in the sailing community. Its look was in sharp contrast to Paine’s double-ended designs, the ...]]> Downeaster 32 - A proven, long-range cruiser for two that is forgiving and economical https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2260-downeaster-32.html The seaworthy Downeaster 32 was designed by Bob Poole, who founded Down East Yachts in Santa Ana, California, during the fiberglass boatbuilding heyday of the 1970s. Poole was an East Coast native and...]]> Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 - This roomy, capable and well-built cruiser is ocean crossing ready https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2125-pacific-seacraft-orion-27.html The Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 has been called many things, from an overbuilt floating apartment to the sort of boat an adventurous sailor might choose to sail around the world. During production in th...]]> Hunter 340 - This affordable coastal cruiser has plenty of room for entertaining https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2253-hunter-340.html The Hunter design team was listening carefully to what potential buyers had in mind in the late 1990s when it came to building the ideal racer-cruiser, with an emphasis on the latter. The result was t...]]> Cal 25-2 - A roomy pocket-cruiser that’s a breeze to sail https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2084-cal-25-2.html It’s not hard to understand why the original Cal 25 appealed to so many sailors. It was relatively inexpensive, easy to maintain, comfortable below deck and fun to sail. Jensen Marine built 1,848 of...]]> Tanzer 26 - This pocket cruiser and popular club racer is built for speed and comfort https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2053-tanzer-26.html Opinions vary widely when talk turns to the Tanzer 26, the Canadian-built masthead sloop that was popular in 1970s and 1980s. Some sailors contend the recreational sailboat offers just about everythin...]]> Southern Cross 28 - A diminutive sturdy cruiser that is capable of mighty bluewater passages https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2025-southern-cross-28.html If there was ever a question about whether the Southern Cross 28 is bluewater capable, Donna Lange’s two solo circumnavigations aboard the compact cutter surely answered it. Lange sailed her 1982 In...]]> Balboa 26 - You don’t have to spend a lot to own a seaworthy and sturdy pocket cruiser https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1933-balboa-26.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1908-yankee-30.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1868-alberg-29.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1854-cape-dory-28.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1845-hunter-43-legend.html

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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1815-com-pac-sun-cat.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1769-westsail-28.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1749-baba-35.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1720-catalina-22.html  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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1699-morgan-34.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1666-j_24.html

 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1640-peterson-34.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1512-jeanneau-sunshine-38.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1504-alden-44.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1464-hunter-31.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1438-island-packet-38.html 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...]]>