Basic sailboat transportation at a low price

Low Price Yacht

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

23' 3" 24' 9" 20' 11" 2' 4"/5' 4" 32' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 36%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Alex McGruer Grampian Marine 1972-1974 244 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 4,800 lbs.

The emphasis on this design appears to be to provide basic sailboat transportation at a low price. Beauty is not a selling point; her appearance is too slab-sided and top-heavy to qualify her as pretty. Best features: The raised poptop can be fitted with snap-on weather curtains and vinyl windows to make a serviceable convertible doghouse underway. Between the poptop hatch and a good-sized ventilation hatch forward, there should be plenty of air below. Worst features: The Grampian 23 is the slowest of her comps (despite her relatively long waterline), with a significantly higher PHRF rating. Construction is not nearly as high in quality as either of her comps. Her cockpit is small and squeezed toward the stern, which tends to force the stern down and the bow up when the cockpit is loaded. One owner says that the cockpit is "about two feet short of perfect." Presumably, the original plan was to allot more space to accommodations, but the idea somehow didn't work, as seen by comparing the Grampian 23 to the O'Day 23 Mk I (page 240). The O'Day's layout nearly duplicates the Grampian's, but somehow ends up with a 61/2-foot cockpit compared to the Grampian's 51/2-foot arrangement.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

O'Day 23 Mk I

23' 1"

7' 11"

2' 0"

3,100

1,250

18.4

173

234

6.0

14.3

418

5

4' 7"

Grampian 23

23' 3"

8' 0"

2' 4"

3,200

1,150

18.0

156

270

6.1

14.0

395

5

5' 4"

Ericson 23

22' 11"

7' 11"

1' 11"

3,200

1,250

19.5

193

see text

5.9

15.1

309

4

4' 3"

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