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Vastbinder 06-15-2005 07:24 AM

OK, admittedly, stupid question of the day.

I''ve seen various uses of the term daysailer, usually referring to a type of boat. Could someone please give me a specific meaning for the term?


Jeff_H 06-15-2005 12:36 PM

A daysailer is simply a boat intended for short sails of less than a day in duration. Typically, they lack berths or a galley and their simplest forms, daysailers lack any form of cabin or storage area.

In a perhaps somewhat dated parlance, when a berths and a galley are added to a daysailer the boat becomes an overnighter or weekender.


JeffC_ 06-15-2005 03:40 PM

(That''s not to say some people haven''t actually cruised open boats with sleeping bags, campstoves and tarps thrown over the boom to create shelters. But you were talking about intended use).

If the term <em>weekender</em> is dated, what has replaced it? It''s a very accurate label, and still a useful word in my vocabulary, at any rate.

Jeff_H 06-16-2005 06:44 AM

Good points Jeff. Cruising in open boats with sleeping bags, campstoves and tarps thrown over the boom to create shelters used to be called camp cruising. I referred to weekender as being dated only since I have not seen that term used a lot lately. I sometimes see the term ''Pocket Cruiser'' used for what I would have called a weekender. To me that seems to be a pretty loose definition of pocket cruiser which I normally think of as being a more completely equipped for cruising small cruiser.


JeffC_ 06-16-2005 04:35 PM

Exactly the distinction that popped into my mind before I had finished reading your last. But calling a simple weekender a pocket cruiser is like calling a forepeak a stateroom… and we''ve all read ads like that.

I will continue to use both terms for the sake of precision & clarity. Ain''t I a stickler?

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