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03-03-2013 04:12 PM
AE28
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

[QUOTE=kwaltersmi;995240]What gives on the deck-stepped mast requirement? Will you be dropping the stick for clearance?

Can an Alerion 28 be retro-fit with wheel steering?


The mast on our 2001 Alerion Express is keel-stepped.

Whenever we’ve mentioned wheel steering, the folks at the factory get very close to apoplexy.

Paul
03-03-2013 11:02 AM
Joellen
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Our C &C 30' is perfect for this we go on weekend trips with grand kids also week get always when possible. We are very comfortable with this size.
02-26-2013 09:06 PM
Faster
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Guessing Paceship 29... another nice C&C design.
02-26-2013 09:01 PM
bljones
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Well, don't leave us hanging. Found what??!!??
02-26-2013 08:54 PM
sony2000
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Your shopping list reminds me of mine 18 months ago. I found this in a field in Brampton ON.
02-26-2013 12:23 PM
Faster
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Get a good Viking 28, keep the I and J dimensions standard but get a mast 6-7 feet taller and turn it into a fractional rig.. add a wheel (if you must) and I think you're there!! Change to a more modern keel and rudder and you're totally there!

Only half kidding... all the while we owned our V28 I was sorely tempted to do all that.
02-26-2013 11:58 AM
kwaltersmi
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Yup, the Dehler is deck-stepped, per the manufacturer spec sheet: "9/10 aluminium deck stepped tapered mast..."

I think what you're seeing is a cabin deck support for both the Dehler and the Tanzer, but both are deck-stepped.

The S2 9.2 is more cruiser-ish, hence the wheel and slower speed. The 9.1 is fast but she has a tiller.

Agree about the 321. I have been looking at one recently and so thought I'd throw it out there anyway...
02-26-2013 11:46 AM
White Beard
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Thanks for the reply! The Dehler 29 looks good but are you sure she is not keel stepped; looks like a mast in the cabin to me? Same for the Tanzer 29. The S2 9.2 may be deck-stepped, but a little on the slow side, the 9.1 which is faster is definitely keel-stepped.
The Beneteau 321 meets the criteria although it is a bit more boat than I had in mind - my sample boats being a J 27 or Viking 28; that is the style of boat I was hoping for - a quick fun little daysailer. However, the suggestions are much appreciated.
02-26-2013 11:01 AM
kwaltersmi
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

What gives on the deck-stepped mast requirement? Will you be dropping the stick for clearance?

The Beneteau 321 PHRF's at around 160, has a 4'3" draft, wheel steering, large cockpit, huge aft berth, and is great for single handing with a furling main and all lines led to the cockpit, but alas, her beam is just over 11'.

Can an Alerion 28 be retro-fit with wheel steering?

Or how about...
Dehler 29?
S2 9.2?
Tanzer 29?

Telstar 28? (half kidding)
02-24-2013 04:02 PM
Faster
Re: Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Beneteau has a number of models in that size range.. Too bad the wheel is a deal breaker, that's really going to take you out of the 'daysailer' realm and pretty firmly into the cruiser category, along with stuff you may not want.

.. btw the B331 phrf runs 135 -142 so that hurdle is cleared.... and it has a wheel.... but it's not a daysailer
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