Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas? - Page 3 - SailNet Community
 27Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 168 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
krisscross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 2,962
Thanks: 30
Thanked 165 Times in 164 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Thanks for the tips, Shinook. I tend to agree that CD25 is a rather seaworthy design. I see them on Pamlico Sound quite often. The biggest complain I hear from their owners is space. I have at least 2 years to make up my mind, find, and prepare my boat for this trip. But looking for a good deal is always easier when you know exactly what to look for. CD28 is a sweet boat, but they are hard to find in a decent shape and with the right gear in my price range.
krisscross is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 168 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
krisscross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 2,962
Thanks: 30
Thanked 165 Times in 164 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

I don't mind doing the regular maintenance/repair work, but some repairs and gear cost a lot of money, like engine work or bimini. Usually it seems cheaper to find a boat that already has the stuff you need in decent condition then to add it yourself.
krisscross is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 168 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 311
Thanks: 7
Thanked 19 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Quote:
Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Thanks for the tips, Shinook. I tend to agree that CD25 is a rather seaworthy design. I see them on Pamlico Sound quite often. The biggest complain I hear from their owners is space. I have at least 2 years to make up my mind, find, and prepare my boat for this trip. But looking for a good deal is always easier when you know exactly what to look for. CD28 is a sweet boat, but they are hard to find in a decent shape and with the right gear in my price range.
Keep an eye out, watch Craigslist via searchtempest.com, along with ebay and the CDSOA site. Good deals show up, they usually don't last long, though. The biggest problem you'll have is finding one in your area, in my experience anyway. I've seen more than a few nice looking (pictures, anyway) 27s and 28s going for well below your price range just in FL.

They do pop up on the NC coast, though. Just not as frequently as further north or in FL. Just be patient, if it's what you really want.
Shinook is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #24 of 168 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
swampcreek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pasadena MD
Posts: 334
Thanks: 1
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

We chartered a 37' Tayana Cutter in Abaco taking ASA lessons in 2009 and had a great time, that size was a pleasure to sail down there given the trade winds we usually had. Our dream is to cruise full time one day, if this happens it will probably require us to make one more move and buy a multi-hull. Multi's just seem the way to go down there, being cheap and long distance sailing might place one in a bad position, almost everytime I cheap out I end up regretting it and actually spend more correcting my initial move, your experience may differ. Last year when we were in Eleuthera we saw a large (40+) sailboat with a broken mast being towed in, I often wonder what the story was behind that.

BTW my avitar is me sailing that Tayana in the Sea Of Abaco...

2000 Catalina 320
Previous:
1993 Macgregor 26S
1981 Hobie H16
19?? Sol Cat
19?? Penquin
Many, many power boats

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Life should be an adventure, not a guided tour!
Not all of us in the herd are sheep.

Last edited by swampcreek; 02-22-2013 at 07:31 PM. Reason: add content
swampcreek is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #25 of 168 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
krisscross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 2,962
Thanks: 30
Thanked 165 Times in 164 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Another question specific to cruising in the Bahamas. Does it make a big difference if the boat draws 3.5 or 4 feet? Does it make finding good anchorage that much easier? I have heard something to that effect once or twice from sailors on bigger boats.
krisscross is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #26 of 168 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 311
Thanks: 7
Thanked 19 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Quote:
Originally Posted by swampcreek View Post
Last year when we were in Eleuthera we saw a large (40+) sailboat with a broken mast being towed in, I often wonder what the story was behind that.
Probably nothing to do with the price of the boat...
Shinook is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #27 of 168 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
krisscross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 2,962
Thanks: 30
Thanked 165 Times in 164 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Interesting point, Swampcreek... yeah, I had to make a few expensive corrections to my 'cheap' moves, but most of the time they tend to work just fine. And I really don't have the money for those big boats, nor experience to sail them safely by myself when the weather turns ugly. My planned trip to Bahamas is a prelude to possibly a retirement on a boat in a few more years, but I realize that my 'ultimate' boat may be different than the boat I'm thinking about now.
krisscross is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #28 of 168 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
utchuckd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 292
Thanks: 5
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Browse thru this list:

Atom Voyages - Good Old Boats List

Most are full or modified keel, which in general will be shallower draft.

You'll get different responses on the twin keel, but I looked at a Centaur and may have pulled the trigger but they already had a deal in the works. Personally I like the concept in skinny water, shallow draft, pull it up close to shore and 'beach it' if you want. They can be found for a lot better money than a lot of pocket cruisers (generalization based on age, condition, etc).
utchuckd is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #29 of 168 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
krisscross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 2,962
Thanks: 30
Thanked 165 Times in 164 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Frogwatch View Post
I own the best small boat for cruising the Bahamas. A 1981 8.5 meter (28') S2 with shoal draft of 3'10". Original 7 hp 1GM Yanmar replaced with a 13 hp 2GM.
Internal ballast so when (not if) you hit bottom you never have to worry about keel bolts. She has all controls led to cockpit and I have single handed her a lot. Old enough that if she somehow gets destroyed, it isn't a significant loss.
I remember looking at one of those - seemed like a really solid boat. Any concerns regarding the rather exposed spade rudder?
krisscross is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #30 of 168 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
swampcreek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pasadena MD
Posts: 334
Thanks: 1
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Quote:
Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
Interesting point, Swampcreek... yeah, I had to make a few expensive corrections to my 'cheap' moves, but most of the time they tend to work just fine. And I really don't have the money for those big boats, nor experience to sail them safely by myself when the weather turns ugly. My planned trip to Bahamas is a prelude to possibly a retirement on a boat in a few more years, but I realize that my 'ultimate' boat may be different than the boat I'm thinking about now.
We have 11 or 12 years to decide...unless we hit the lottery which we rarely play or society breaks down and we have to make a run for it.

2000 Catalina 320
Previous:
1993 Macgregor 26S
1981 Hobie H16
19?? Sol Cat
19?? Penquin
Many, many power boats

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Life should be an adventure, not a guided tour!
Not all of us in the herd are sheep.
swampcreek is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting a small boat to the bahamas Frogwatch General Discussion (sailing related) 14 02-04-2015 03:53 PM
Best Small Boat For Cruising the ICW ? ATWJMU88 General Discussion (sailing related) 4 11-29-2010 09:25 PM
your favorite small cruising (blue water) boat AmeriCdn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 46 08-19-2007 11:54 AM
Small Boat Cruising David Schaefer Cruising Articles 0 06-09-2004 08:00 PM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat KPBaker Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 15 12-31-2001 01:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome