S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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OK, gotta stick up for the little Bucc....
Ugly, slow, bad performer? Yes, definitely.
But, easy to sail (slowly), very forgiving, stable, very roomy for a 21 footer and usually priced very well.
My first boat was a Bucc 21, and while it was not a great performance boat, it was in good shape, cheap, could be trailered with my 2WD V6 truck easily, and had room for me, my wife, and two little girls to stay on it for up to 5 days. Yes, we actually stayed on it for that long! While I would not want to take it out in open water; lakes, rivers, and protected inlets (like the south puget sound) are perfect for it.
While its not a great boat, even quite bad, it was a cost efficient way to get us on the water, and safe for the locations we sailed her. We could not afford a bigger boat that would have required a larger tow vehicle, could not afford year around moorage, and could not fit all of us on other boats in this size / weight range.
I would say if you can get a different boat that will meet your needs, you should, but if you need the things this boat has, its all that's affordable, you can live with the performance issues, its in operational condition, go for it.
As for the trailer issue though, a modified trailer most likely will not be a good option. If you need a boat on a trailer, look for one on a trailer. At least look for a trailer that will fit it before buying it.
Good luck to you whatever you decide.
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR