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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

How about this Golden Hind: 1975 Traditional British Cruiser Golden Hind sailboat for sale in Outside United States
Bilge keeler, 3' draft, quite a bit of good equipment, decent price in my target range, but it is an older wooden boat that has been glassed over (on the outside only) during initial construction.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

I used to have a Cape Dory 25D with a one cylinder Yanmar in it and a roller furler, and a 3 1/2 foot draft.

I never took it to the Bahamas, but I wish I had because it would have been the perfect boat for single-handing there.

Really, the shallower the draft the better as far as getting in the best anchorages, in the Bahamas. With a 3 foot draft or less, you can find good all weather protection in a lot of places.

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decent price in my target range, but it is an older wooden boat that has been glassed over (on the outside only) during initial construction.
Any thoughts?
A friend of mine has a 26' 1937 Kirshner?? that's glassed over. Trust me, you don't want to do this. Run like the wind.

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A friend of mine has a 26' 1937 Kirshner?? that's glassed over. Trust me, you don't want to do this. Run like the wind.
I have heard various opinions on glassed wood boats. Supposedly, if it is done correctly (good adhesion) during the initial construction then it is not so bad. But that is definitely a major area for concern.
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I used to have a Cape Dory 25D with a one cylinder Yanmar in it and a roller furler, and a 3 1/2 foot draft.

I never took it to the Bahamas, but I wish I had because it would have been the perfect boat for single-handing there.

Really, the shallower the draft the better as far as getting in the best anchorages, in the Bahamas. With a 3 foot draft or less, you can find good all weather protection in a lot of places.
Thanks. 25D used to be my most obvious choice. Have you sailed it in really rough weather? How did it do?
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Can prob be had for 5k and would make a nice coastal cruiser. If it becomes a money pit you can always burn it.
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Can prob be had for 5k and would make a nice coastal cruiser. If it becomes a money pit you can always burn it.
You can get Cape Dory 25 for 5k, but not Cape Dory 25D - that is a very different design. It is hard to find a decent 25D for less than 15k and they hold their value really well. CD25 draws only 3' which is a big plus, but has some features that make her less desirable for crossing the Gulf Stream.
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Thanks. 25D used to be my most obvious choice. Have you sailed it in really rough weather? How did it do?
I never took it very far offshore, but it really didn't even sail that great until the wind got up around 20 knots. It was actually kind of fun to get caught in a 30 knot or 35 knot wind a couple of times on it. With a double reefed main and the headsail rolled up about halfway, it felt like it was on a railroad track it took it so well.

And, it had as big a head as my 42 foot boat has now. Great design.

With some normal preparation, I would have felt safe sailing it around the world. It was built like a tank.

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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

The Cape Dory 25D is a cult boat and, thus, overpriced. A CD27 or CD28 in similar condition will almost always be cheaper. They ought to sail better too.

As an aside, I have never before heard any CD owner say that his boat didn't sail well in light air. I can get my boat moving well in 7-8 knots of wind. CD's are actually pretty tender to start and almost all would be reefed before 20knots.

Lots of boats will do well in the bahamas. Just get one and go!
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Lots of boats will do well in the bahamas. Just get one and go!
Ha ha... yes, I'm starting to see it that way. Still, we all like to engage in a little bit of 'boat foreplay' to pass the time before the time when buying a boat is actually smart.
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