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Whats small, fast, weatherly and cheap?

I don't know myself but I'm hoping that someone can tell me. I'm looking for a yacht I can single hand if necessary, cruise with my wife comfortably, and go round the cans with a few friends. As I would like to cruise the west of Ireland, Scotland, perhpas Norway (just a bit ambitious) it must be well founded and weatherly. The other draw back is that my funds are on the limited side (if I had money this would be easy).

I have identified two possible yachts, the Shipman 28 and a Hustler 30.

Any thoughts?
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Whats small, fast, weatherly and cheap?
Sounds like my sister-in-law ... maybe more weathered than weatherly but the rest sure fits...

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Sounds like my sister-in-law ... maybe more weathered than weatherly but the rest sure fits...


SM wins the internetz! That's funny.

ETA: should prolly take a stab at the OP's question. Albins are mentioned below and lots of them in your area. Contessas also; the 32 is certainly well-found and often raced in your region.
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i do not know how many of these made it over to UK, but Pearson Tritons seem to fit the bill; with a cutaway forefoot they are not going to be the absolute highest pointing boat, but not too shabby.
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If you haven't yet I would recommend you get your hands on a book titled "Ocean cruising a small budget" by Anne Hammick.

She looks at in detail the kind of boats your after, and it is a british book. In it she recommends the following:

Nicholson 32
Contessa 32
Rival 32
Rustler 31
Pioneer 10
Halmatic 30

She also recommends, and I also with some firsthand knowledge concur that if you are on a real shoestring budget but want a capable small vessel you can't go past a contessa 26.

Best of luck with the search.
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More solidly built, easy to afford, small boats, but not so fast around the bouys:
Bristol 24 and 26
Bayfield 25
Eastward Ho 24
Columbia 26
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Sounds like my sister-in-law ... maybe more weathered than weatherly but the rest sure fits...

Hi Sailormann, I think I may have met your sister in-law, has she been to Ireland recently?
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i do not know how many of these made it over to UK, but Pearson Tritons seem to fit the bill; with a cutaway forefoot they are not going to be the absolute highest pointing boat, but not too shabby.
Thanks for that. I have not come across any Pearsons in Ireland, I'm probably better sticking to a known design in these waters.
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If you haven't yet I would recommend you get your hands on a book titled "Ocean cruising a small budget" by Anne Hammick.

She looks at in detail the kind of boats your after, and it is a british book. In it she recommends the following:

Nicholson 32
Contessa 32
Rival 32
Rustler 31
Pioneer 10
Halmatic 30

She also recommends, and I also with some firsthand knowledge concur that if you are on a real shoestring budget but want a capable small vessel you can't go past a contessa 26.

Best of luck with the search.
Thanks for this. I have looked at these boats, the Contessa is a boat in demand and is too expensive for me, though I am tempted with a Sadler 32 which is from the same designer with a little more volume. Other than the Pioneer (with which I am not very familiar) the others I think would not qualify under the criteria of fast. The Contessa 26 is a cracker but I was looking for something with more volume.

I have just ordered "Ocean cruising a small budget" from Amazon, thanks for the tip.
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More solidly built, easy to afford, small boats, but not so fast around the bouys:
Bristol 24 and 26
Bayfield 25
Eastward Ho 24
Columbia 26
I will keep an eye out, not many on this side of the pond.
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