Originally Posted by tjr818
I know this is an old thread, but are there still any Eastward Ho sailors out there?
I am trying to buy one and I need to know as much as I can about them?
I have heard that they are slow, although I'm not in a hurry. I just want to be able to sail upstream sometimes.
I have an Eastward Ho 31'. I purchased it last year and absolutely love it. I've heard some refer to the Eastward Ho's (24' and 31') as motorsailors, but I don't think this is a good description. It's just a good, solid, full keel sailboat. With my 120% genny I can get up to hull speed in 9-10kt winds with no problem. These boats were built by Clark Ryder (better known for the Southern Cross and Sea Sprite) through contract with the Portsmouth Yacht Company. The 31's have nearly the same specs as the Cape Dory and Pacific Seacraft 31's, but for a lot less money. The 24's are very similar to the 31's, except smaller, of course.