Join Date: Aug 2007
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There must be 50 boats in the 20-22 foot, trailerable, swing-keel category. All with similar "sleep 4" (yeah... right) cabin and small-ish cockpit.
After spending a year looking at these as an upgrade from our 17 foot O'Day Daysailer, we realized that what we really wanted was a bigger cockpit to hold more people than the 4 our O'Day comfortably holds. We trailer-daysail only, and really didn't need a cabin (or much of one) at all. We realized that there was NO trailerable boat we'd be happy sleeping on, so why dedicate so much space to a cabin.
Which brought us to 2 boats... The Chrysler C20 and Paceship P20. These are somewhat unique design-wise in their size range. The Chrysler has a small cabin, but very large cockpit... over ten feet long which can comfortably hold 6 and could probably squeeze 8. It has 2200# displacement which is quite heavy in this size-class. The thing is really built.
The Paceship is a totally open daysailer design with just a cuddy under the foredeck... but its cockpit is truly HUGE and unlike smaller daysailers it has a big-boat hull with high freeboard. Its displacement is 900#... really in a different class than the Chrysler except for the similarity in cockpit space.
Neither will win any races (both have conservative sailplans) or beauty contests, but both are well-built and serve a daysailing purpose ignored by their many competitors who emphasized their 20 foot boats' cabins (at the expense of cockpit room).
My only advice here is to consider how you will REALLY use that boat... daysailing with 6+ aboard or overnighting with 2 aboard, because at 20-22 feet, you can't have it both ways. For us, we realized we just aren't interested in the cramped camping these cabined boats offered, and opted instead for the Paceship 20 which we daysail only, but love filling up with friends and family.
(I don't mean to diss those who do overnight on these boats... they are heartier than I am and more power to you... but I do think it fair to describe overnighting on boats of this size as closer to camping than cruising... its not for everyone).
I've seen examples of both the P20 and C20 for sale (with trailer and maybe a small outboard) for $1,000 to $3,000. I paid $1400 for my P20 with VERY nice 2-yr-old sails, and will put another $750 into it to bring it up to very good condition. Last year I passed on a C20 in truly excellent condition for $1,800 (which I still regret).