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Buccaneer 240
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Review Date: Tue December 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my 240 since 1985 - nearly 13 years now. I wanted an affordable cruiser which was roomy enough to do weekend and overnight sails - but small enough for one person to handle. The Buccaneer 240 is the roomiest 24 footer I have seen - not very sleek looking - but for 2-4 people - it packs a lot of room. I have always had problems with my windows leaking. Finally, about two years ago - I took all 12 of them out and screwed on from the outside - plexiglass which I bought at a hardware store. I made sure that I used a heavy application of silicone seal first. I have not had any trouble with the windows since. I have three small children (7,4 and 8 mo.)and my Buccaneer is a very stable and safe sailer. I sail the Patuxent River - middle Chesapeake Bay area near Solomons Island, Maryland. I wish the profile was sleeker, the rigging a bit stronger - and I would opt for a small deisel inboard. Most of my trouble over the years has been with my Johnson 9.9 horse sailmaster engine. Overall - I really like the boat.
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Review Date: Mon January 19, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased my Buccaneer in 1995 for $3,800. It appears to be the biggest (inside) 24 around which makes it a bit chunky, but it sails well enough. As the mast raising kit is non-existent and it takes two strong folks to do it, we keep the boat in the water year round. The problems with the Johnson 9.9 OB have been solved by a new throttle actuator and replacement plugs at the start of each season. Several of the windows leaked but those I have removed and resealed seem OK.
I have fitted a downhaul to the jib so that I can lower it from the cockpit - I have also strung retainers from the forward lifelines to keep the sail on board. Works well. I have made a simple lazyjack system for the main and will install a downhaul for this too this season (1998).
I have replaced the interior cushions (2" soft foam) with 5" firm foam. Being a more mature couple who like to cruise, we couldn't manage the thin cushions. The berth under the cockpit is not really usable so we use the starboard quarter berth, the pull-out dining berth (as a single) and the V berth for people under 5' 10". We installed an Origami(?) alcohol stove which works well. The 20 gal water tank is a bit small for more than a couple of days as is the holding tank.
We cruise in the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands in Washington State and British Columbia, sometimes for three weeks at a time (not overnight) and often with one or two visitors.
When using the big Genoa and to a smaller extent with the jib there is a considerable lee helm sailing into the wind. The strongest we have worked in was 15 to 25 knots with 2 to 4 ft waves on the bow. A little wet but the boat inspires confidence.
I fitted a block to the motor so it can be raised when sailing without any acrobatics, otherwise it provides an off-center drag.
I also fitted a link from the rudder to the motor which considerably improves manouverability in marinas. I think the name is Eezy-steer from an Everett WA outfit. After one and a half seasons it still works well and does not interfere with the rudder when the motor is raised.
This is the ideal boat for cruising the islands with two to four people. We have enjoyed it and look forward to many more seasons.





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Review Date: Mon February 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1978 Was the year Bayliner chose to change the height of the
rig - (Thanks Steve R. for this info) Also, the cabin layout
changed from a traditional enclosed head/vberth forward to
an open vberth design with the enclosed head on the starboard side of the boat.

Key features - Very roomy - try to get the kind of roon offered on a Bucaneer on a modern 24'. Large cockpit, forgiving to the novice sailor.

Strengths - Room, standard deck hardware, easy to replace OEM parts with off-the shelf discount marine supply parts,

Weaknesses - Does not sail well up-wind, slow, leaks in all windows, market value may not be there on retail due to the Bayliner name.

Overall Satisfaction - Very high. For the money, you will not find a better small boat that has a "big boat feel".

We cruise out of Milford Connecticut on the Long Island Sound.

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Review Date: Tue March 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased the boat about 3 years ago. I have not had any problems with the boat except for a couple of leaks in the cabin that I have not been able to find. (I sail the boat on Mobile BAy area.)I have enjoyed sailing the boat and use it year round. Due to the high freeboard and weight of a Honda 4 cycle engine I added a block to the outboard (a Honda 7.5 HP) to aid in lifting it ouf the water. I also made an extension for the engine throttle out of PVC pipe. These modificatons have helped enormously with engine handling. As far as sailing is concerned don't go racing or you will be disappointed. The boat is an excellent cruiser for day and weekend outings. It is the most boat I have ever seen in 24 feet. I believe it ot be fairly seaworthy as I had the unfortuante luck to be caught in a severe summer squall the first year that I owned it. Two thirty footers were knocked down in the same storm. I came through relatively unscathed except for some sail damage. Overall, it is a nice little weekend cruiser for 2 to 4 people.
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Review Date: Fri August 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my Buccaneer 240 for only one season, and I love it. I was forced to completely rebuild the interior due to water, and old age, but since I have sailed her every weekend, and couldn't ask for a more comfortable 24' boat. My wife and I usually sail together, and for 2 people, she handles great, has plenty of room, and is very stable in 2-3 foot swells. The way she handles is probably the biggest strength for the 240. She's heavy and as a result is very easy to sail, and learn on. With 8-10 kts of wind, she moves pretty well, and when the jib is dropped, she slows to a crawl (this is a good thing when you are handling all the lines yourself). I wish she had a little more room in the forward V-berth, but otherwise, I'm very pleased. The area under the cockpit is not usefull for a berth, and we use it for storage. The dinning table sleeping area is very good when the kids are along. I have sailed her with as many as 6 people aboard, and though crowded on deck, she doesn't seam to handle any differently than with only 2. For a first time cabin sail boat, I don't think we could have picked a better boat.
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Review Date: Wed November 18, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought the boat new in 1974, and have sailed it continously since then with my family. It has performed beautifully, considering the windage and the shoal draft. It does well in heavy weather (Okangan Lake, B.C.) No serious problems ever. I have replaced the main with a full batten, lazyjack, installed teak floors, had the seats and bunks reupholsetred three times, crusing design furling, full spinnaker..it does beautifully under spinnaker, marine head and holding tank, rebuilt galley, used area under cockput for storage and holding tank, relocated battery. Cockput floor needs reinforcing, motor bracket installed and remote controls helped, all halyards and vangs led aft to winches, and a traveller is now being mounted below the comapanionway. Please feel free to email me if you want more info. A good, safe, foregiving, soldi family boat.. uinbeatable on a reach, close reach or run... just don't pinch too close inb the wind. 153% new contender sailcloth genoa in 1998. Lots more things i've done with it over the years.
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Review Date: Sun May 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought this 24' Bayliner 5 seasons ago and have loved it. This boat has incredible interior space for its size. The 24' has an enclosed head, two burner stove and vertically mounted ice box (like a house fridge) and room to sleep 4 comfortably. She is easily handled by one person, and seems to be very forgiving. Of course all of these creature comforts make it a bit of a pig, but if you don't really care about racing, this is the way to go. With a 30" draft shoal keel, this boat is a great Potomac/Upper Chesapeake sailer.

Problem areas are:

Cockpit seats are not well supported, cracks develop after years of stepping down into cockpit.

Rigging is a bit light.

Bathtublike shape gives a lot of roll in heavy seas (or a big powerboat going by)

Exterior windows leak, no amount of gooping seems to fix this problem


I have seen sailable versions of this boat for as little as $2,500. For a small boat with a huge amount of room, anything up to 6k is really a steal when compared with the modern tupperware boats.

I have made a computer (Scanned/OCR'd and reformatted) version of the original owners manual. This includes all the rigging instructions/specifications as well as some VERY outdated head information.
If you would like a copy of it, go to http://www.morganwreed.com








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