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Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handlng?

Hello.
I am planning on getting myself a sail boat to take tourists around my local area . See the main attractions from the water. At the moment, with the US Coast Guard 6 pack I would only be able to take up to 6 paying passengers. It will be daily sailing, no overnight stays. No life happening in the cabin either.
Basically I would need a boat where people can take pics and enjoy on the deck for up to 4 hours more or less. Ideally, I would like to be able to single handle it. It has to be a sailing boat.

Does anyone has a suggestion on what boat would offer this at the best price?

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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

Welcome to SN Saimaza!

You didn't say what your local area was and I don't know what your idea of inexpensive is, but here's a nice one:

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...oat_id=2305772

Yeah, I know it's in the Netherlands and it's asking price is $160K, but the idea of a day charter on a boat with cockpit (and cockpit table) like this one has is appealing to me. Tim Lackey did a conversion of a Pearson Triton to a daysailor - again, I don't know your budget (or Tim's prices), but I bet he could deliver a boat that would really fit the bill (I have no connection with Mr. Lackey).

The Daysailor | Building a Classic Daysailor

Lastly, I think that any boat that is going to offer trips of up to 4 hours should have some sort of relatively private head, but that's just my 2 cents.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

Hope you've got your qualifications and insurance in place for this..

For what you describe I think an at-least-mid-sized catamaran with plenty of deck space would do the trick. You don't need a cabin, they have a pretty unobstructed view from anywhere and you're not limited by cockpit bench seating. Some of the Wharrams would suit, I think, but I can't find one listed in N.A.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

Has to be Yank built. Jones Act! If you want to get 60 ton ticket and work the Canadian coast, look at Thane. CSI for 18 pass. More information on request to prevent shameless promotion.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

Just because you can take six people doesn't mean that you have to take that many. Frankly the thought of being stuck in a cockpit with six other people ( five passengers who are possibly strangers and the captain) in anything under a 50 footer is kind of unappealing. But that's just me. As captain I certainly wouldn't want the liability of people climbing around the deck so that leaves only the cockpit if you aren't concerned about having cabin space.

And for any trip over one hour I would expect a head.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

I was a passenger once in a similar situation on a Santa Cruz 50. Big cockpit, lots of open deck space, minimal cabin, private head. Overall it was a nice afternoon on the water. I imagine there are other high performance boats that would work, they tend to have big open decks and large cockpits. It would be best to de-power and simplify the rig to make sailing easy and to keep the guests form getting tangled up in the lines.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

My Cal 29 has a good size cockpit and six people is really a jam packed boat when they do not know how to sail

For example having a really HIGH boom becomes far more inportant when taking strangers daysailing
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

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I was a passenger once in a similar situation on a Santa Cruz 50. Big cockpit, lots of open deck space, minimal cabin, private head. Overall it was a nice afternoon on the water.
I'll bet it was but an SC50 is a major fail on the "inexpensive" component of the OP's requirements.
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Re: Ample deck, inexpensive boat for up to 6 people for day sailing and single handln

This is what you need

BARCO COM 09 MTS - Salvador - Barcos - Lanchas

It's a sailboat, plenty of deck space, they are built just for what you need, affordable, very common in Brasil, don't know where you are.....
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