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Good Maine Coastal Daysailer

investigating a good daysailer for Downeast Maine (schoodic area) would probably be moored in harbor during summer. want something to knockabout in- around 22ft- comfy for up to 5 adults for a short cruise. would want auxiliary power and basic electronics. already have a 35ft Cal- it would not be for overnighting.

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simple singlehander
low maintainence
reliable
budget would be around $12k max.
seaworthy/safe
nice sailing characteristics for cruising

not really interested in a j-22 or 24. something a bit less race-y and more classic cruiser.

was thinking about an ensign- but i don't like the idea of full keel. any more modern, affordable classics out there?

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A Drascombe lugger or WestWight Potter are two good possible options. Another is a Herreshoff 12.5 style Doughdish, or the slightly larger Stuart Knockabout. All four of these might be a bit tight with FIVE people though.
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While anything in that size range is going to be a squeeze for 5 adults, another model you might look for is the Ontario Yachts-built Viking 22. Pretty boat, long cockpit and tiny cuddy cabin forward with, if memory serves, an easily handled frac rig.
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i like the looks of that stuart knockabout- incredibly beautiful- too bad they're so pricey (yachtworld has one listed for $67,000- almost new though) although, i would be interested in the plans for that boat (if availible) to possibly build someday- want to go to boat building school up in maine in a couple summers. dreamin'....

anyway, i want a sloop for sure- an easy singlehander- and that ontraio viking looks really fitting- 22ft large cockpit daysailer with a small cuddy cabin (place for kids to go)- exactly what i'm looking for. the website i found says they go for $4-7k usually- which is nice (would want a good solid hull/rigging- would do the cosmetic stuff myself)
goat any links to these for sale?
anyone have any other suggestions for boats to look at?
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Viking 22

Found this: http://www.bayharbouryachts.on.ca/22133.htm

Not sure how current it is. These boats are a bit rare, but most likely to be found on the Great Lakes or east coast. We owned a Viking 28 for 10 years, well built well behaved boat, solid glass hull, typical cored deck etc. I think the 22 is a pretty little thing.
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well, i really am searching around- also eyeing a sonar or a colgate 26 (an idea- not really that interested)

i like the sonar's HUGE cockpit, and tiny cuddy. i'm wondering if these boats are good for cruising the bays of downeast maine, and sometimes out in unprotected areas- ya know what maine's like...
i dunno- i want something that sails well, and is comfy all day in heavier seas w/good motion- it is maine- i want to be secure...

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I don't know if you like wood or not but how about going to Brooklyn to see if Woodenboat School has anything for sale. Also the Landing school sells new builds and restorations. - Brian
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McGregor 26, the best!
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Sonars and Solings are both great boats...but may not be quite as stable as you'd like for what you're doing. These two models are geared more for racing than cruising... and Maine's weather can be pretty mercurial and fierce.
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well, i really am searching around- also eyeing a sonar or a colgate 26 (an idea- not really that interested)

i like the sonar's HUGE cockpit, and tiny cuddy. i'm wondering if these boats are good for cruising the bays of downeast maine, and sometimes out in unprotected areas- ya know what maine's like...
i dunno- i want something that sails well, and is comfy all day in heavier seas w/good motion- it is maine- i want to be secure...
Interesting that you're not really interested in a Colgate 26. I owned one for 5 years and it was a nice boat. Definately over $12k. But if you want a secure boat with a huge cockpit (bigger than a Sonar) then its the boat for you. I sail on Lake Michigan, and we get some good winds and big waves. The Colgate handles these conditions well. Also, the boat is unsinkable (not like the Titanic--really unsinkable). It also has a solid fiberglass hull with foam core deck. All Harkin hardware. Its also a nice looking boat. What is there not to like? Rob
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