Re: Hoyt Jib Boom
: In general the 3 key advantages of Gary Hoyt's invention is 1) that slot & draft can be adjusted indepedently to a rather fine degree Jeff is correct that this arrangement rewards nuanced adjustments. 2) Downwind and broad reaching very easy to keep foresail full vs. deck mounted self tacking rail or even a whisker pole 3) singlehanding is of course trivial.
Disadvantages 1) foredeck is only clear for young lovelies to lounge about while going downwind and 2) cumbersome to install lifelines.
All the daysailers which use the hoyt job boom ( Alerion 28, Harbor 25, etc) have large mains to compensate for the jib. Therefore, the sail/displacement ratios tend to be decent in the 20-23 range.
Gary Hoyt's Jib Boom invention does allow boats to point really high vs. others - the slot is just very efficient.
Both the AE 28 and H25 rate in the 170 range which is a nice rating for boats with 22' (AE28) and 21'(H25) waterlines.
Someone offers a retrofit kit for a Hoyt Boom which can be added to existing cruisers.
Re: Chain locker
: The Harbor 25 does have an Chain locker. I believe the Alerion Express 28 also has one.
: The Alerion Express 28 and Harbor 25 both have real heads. 'nuf said.
: The 28 & 25 are daysailers, but people do overnight on them, since they both have real berths and a real head. Couples take the Harbor 25 to Catalina for the weekend, but couples who overnight on these boats are going to be the type of people who are willing to leave creature comforts at home. These might be the same type of people who love camping in the Rockies.
Re: Wheel vs. Tiller
: =insert Stick shift vs automatic discussion
: The AE 28 and the H25 are small boats but surprisingly seaworthy. The AE28 has an active OD fleet in SF Bay with quite a few boats.
Used boats on a tight budget - A used Sonar or Ensign might be a good budget alternative, but these might be more akin to the Alerion Express 20 or Harbor 20. I suspect there are a host of boats from the late 50s and early 60s which would also be nice alternatives.
I always have loved the J/22, but think its cockpit just isn't in the lounging category which befits Daysailers. Daysailers are all about having big open cockpits with cushions and even pillows.