Traditional cruiser in a small package

Small Cruising Sailboats

LOD:

20' 6"

Designer:

Steve Seaton

LOA:

24' 0"

Builder:

Precision Boatworks

LWL:

17' 0"

Years produced:

1978-1985

Min./max. draft:

fixed keel 2' 6"

Sail area:

217 sq. ft.

Bridge clearance:

30' 0"

Fuel tankage:

portable

Power:

6 hp outboard or 8 hp inboard dsl.

Water tankage:

portable

B/D ratio:

40%

Approx. trailering wgt.:

6,100 lbs.

Steve Seaton, the naval architect behind this little packet, has since been a designer of large power yachts. The craft he drew here is a well-made, pretty vessel that is capable of cruising along coasts—say passages from Long Island Sound to Block Island Sound to Narragansett Bay to Buzzards Bay to Vineyard Sound to Nantucket Sound—despite her modest LOD. By the way, her LOD is 20' 6", despite the sales pitch identifying her as 24 feet. The 24 refers to the LOA, which includes an anchor pulpit and a boom-kin, and is a number that's useless as an indicator of size except when paying yard storage bills. Marketers realize that, but nevertheless some continue to use the misleading term LOA instead of the more honest LOD to advertise size. Best features: Sturdy, reasonably fast (we hear), and easy on the eyes if you enjoy traditional designs. Worst features: Trailering 6,100 pounds on the highway (including all the stuff you'll need for the two-week cruise you'll be starting when you get to your trailer-ramp destination) requires a big truck or SUV to tow the load safely and without incident.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

Companion 21

20' 6"

7' 1"

2' 9"

3,000

1,000

Heritage 20

20' 0"

6' 6"

2' 9"

3,100

1,000

Sea Islander 20

20' 0"

7' 6"

2' 2"

3,180

886

Seaforth Coastal Cruiser 21

20' 6"

7' 4"

2' 6"

4,000

1,600

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

16.8

327

303

5.4

19.6

245

4

4' 7"

18.1

410

NA

5.2

23.8

235

4

4' 7"

14.9

289

NA

5.5

18.6

294

4

4' 4"

13.8

363

NA

5.5

22.6

276

2

4' 4"

Sea Islander 20

Was this article helpful?

0 0
How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment