French entry in the microcruiser sweepstakes

20' 4" 21' 11" 18' 1" 1' 5"/4' 9" 31' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 34%

Philippe Harle

Jeanneau

1984-1987

portable portable

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

20' 4" 21' 11" 18' 1" 1' 5"/4' 9" 31' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 34%

Designer: Builder:

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

Philippe Harle

Jeanneau

1984-1987

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,700 lbs.

The Bahia 23 (22' 9" LOA if you include both the outboard rudder and the bow pulpit in the length, but only 20' 4" LOD and 21' 11" LOA measured the conventional way) was built in France, and some few hulls were imported to the United States. As with many other French designs, a lot of thought has gone into the execution. Best features: The cabin arrangement is better than the average 20-footer's. Headroom is almost five feet, best of the comp group. Settee berths are both in the range of 7' 0" to 7' 6" long.

A central table folds down, and also swings to one side for ingress and egress, or fore and aft for dining or other social activity. A companionway step can also serve as a bench at the table. On deck, lifeline stanchions have fixing points for beaching legs to hold the hull upright, in case you get caught on a falling tide. Worst features: The main hatch is hinged at the forward end, rather than sliding fore and aft, which limits headroom as well as visibility for those who like to stand in the companionway to look around.

Comps LOD Beam MinDr Displ Bllst

Harpoon 6.2 (20)

20'

4"

8'

0"

3'

6"

1,700

550

Jeanneau Bahia 23 (20)

20'

4"

7'

11"

1'

5"

1,850

620

Mystic Mini-Ton 21 (20)

20'

3"

7'

11"

4'

0"

1,850

700

Antrim 20

20'

5"

8'

0"

4'

0"

1,850

750

Precision 21

20'

9"

8'

3"

1'

9"

1,875

600

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

24.7

191

234

5.3

9.5

339

2

4' 3"

22.3

140

177

5.7

9.4

339

4

4' 11"

22.6

168

219

5.5

9.9

313

4

4' 0"

29.7

154

NA

5.6

9.7

339

4

4' 4"

21.4

156

270

5.6

9.4

317

4

4' 4"

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