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Buccaneer 18
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3 2220 Sat September 8, 2007
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Description: Buccaneer 18
Keywords: Buccaneer 18
 


Author
tsaiapex
Junior Member

Registered: August 2002
Review Date: Fri July 25, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

500 lb. 175 sq.ft sail area, easily towed by compact cars.
Large open cockpit, sits 6 adults comfortably.
Roller furling jib, easily single-handed.
Planning bottom, blast on beam and broad reach, may have to work a bit harder on close reach.
Sturdy construction, very low maintenance.
Growing national association, still in production offered by Cardinal Yachts, VA
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Review Date: Fri July 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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now made by nickels boat works
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bobmcgov

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Registered: July 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
Posts: 1022
Review Date: Sat September 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast, easily trailered, simply rigged
Cons: Very tender, easily overpowered

The MacAlpine/Gibbs-designed Buccaneer is a quick one-design made to compete with the Lightning and Thistle. It is a non-trapeze dinghy, or a open-cockpit daysailor, bit of each. The hull profile is flat-out fast: this boat will plane in 8 kts of wind (DPN 87). But with no ballast and a 23' mast, it also heels radically and can be very difficult for one person to hold down (or hold together) in heavier air. The boat mellows as crew weight increases.

Construction is hit-or-miss, with a rigid keel but many soft spots in the hull and deck. Simple modifications help with centerboard extraction, mast stepping, and forestay trimming. It is a much-tinkered-with boat. The early jib furlers were lousy, later ones are better. Some boats have Olympic-style spinny launchers; others don't. The chute is small but fun in light air. With no backstay, it's scary in higher winds.

All in all, this is a nice towable boat that fills the space between the 470 and the San Juan 21 -- it's a planing dinghy that seats six. Upkeep is minimally expensive but constant, as old stuff needs replacing. The very active fleets in US and Canada make racing and group sails easy to find. It is too sensitive for many casual daysailors, but if you want a longish performance dinghy, it's an inexpensive and powerful choice.

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Buccaneer18, Grainnia
SJ21, Diarmuid
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn
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