Join Date: Jul 2007
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One step up performance-wise, still with readily available parts, an active Class Association and room for four is the 18 foot Chrysler Buccaneer (still made by Nickols).
Bucc18 is lots of things, but stable ain't one of them.
It's the tenderest bluddy vessel I've ever set foot in. Ripping good time if you're willing to hike below the knees, but a mischievous, wet, ill-tempered, overpowered minx. We tend to obsess over our bailers: the most important feature on the boat! While the Bucc18 has a large cockpit, large CB case + location of the mainsheet and vang make more than three people impractical -- the boat is too tippy to sit anyone to leeward. Really it's a dedicated two-up racer or performance daysailer, completely different universe from the Picnic Cat.
O'day is a good suggestion, tho. They're nice, simple little boats. Probably a bit sluggish with four adults, but they'll do.
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn