Small cruising boat recommendations

  • 01 Jun 2021 01:14
    Reply # 10578657 on 10575612

    Wow, that's a lot of boat! I didn't realise something that big could be trailerable. It's more boat than what I had in mind, though. I've been looking at the MacGregor 22, of which there are many on the market around here. Here's a link:

    Looks like the mast could be placed just forward of the original mast, without cutting into the bunk.

    I'd go for anything that's even just one step up from a dinghy. I don't even really mind cooking outside or setting up a tent under the sail bundle every night to sleep in a cockpit. A camping-type experience is OK! The only reason I'm not aiming for a dinghy is that I think a boat with an enclosed cabin will be more seaworthy, and it will be simpler to toss things into the cabin to get sailing rather than to pack everything into watertight containers and bags every time I want to get under way.

    I'm assuming I'll be going engineless and carrying a yuloh or a skulling oar.

    Last modified: 01 Jun 2021 01:15 | Anonymous member
  • 31 May 2021 17:46
    Reply # 10577829 on 10575612

    Hi Maxime,

    They rarely come on the market but if you can find a Parker Dawson 26 (aka Midship 25) you would, in my opinion, have the exact boat you are describing.

    One of them took part (and finished) in the 1976 Ostar.
    My comment on a great thread about these amazing vessels.

    The guys in that thread are real enthusiasts and very helpful.
    They may even be able to tell you of any for sale.
    Tell them StormSignalSA sent you. :-)

    Were I to own one of these the temptation would be huge to turn that centre cockpit into the kind of 'command center' that Jock McLeod designed for Rón Glas.
    (On a Parker 26 it would seat 4 persons rather than the 2 on Rón Glas.)

    There is a PD26 Facebook group here.

    Attached are a few images so you can get a taste.

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    Last modified: 31 May 2021 17:53 | Anonymous member
  • 31 May 2021 02:30
    Message # 10575612

    Hello to everyone,

    I am looking for a recommendation for a trailer sailor that would suit conversion to junk rig. I am located in Montreal, Canada and I could buy anywhere on the east coast.

    Towing vehicle: 3/4 tonne truck, almost 10000 lbs towing capacity but would like to keep it under 4-5000 lbs with trailer.


    - Fairly light, water ballast?

    - Closed cabin

    Lifting keel or leeboards, so it can be beached

    Convertable to junk (don't mind doing split, or mast tilted forward)

    Can sleep two but usually just one

    Don't need much of a galley and don't mind using bucket and chuck it for heads.

    Seaworthy for crossing the gulf of Saint Lawrence and sailing on the east coast

    I would greatly appreciate your recommendations for models to search out. I have been looking at Macgregor boats. I would like to pay $2000-3000, and I don't mind doing a bit of work on the boat.

    Last modified: 31 May 2021 05:39 | Anonymous member
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