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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

CDY - I think any of the boats you listed would be capable of taking you through the Bahamas, depending on their condition, your sailing ability, and the luck you have with weather and gear failures. Look for a boat that has been sailed and well maintained, not a project!

Here's a couple of examples ( I have no connection to the boats, just did a quick YW search):

1978 Canadian Sailcraft 27 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

1977 Hunter 27 CHERUBINI Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

1987 O'Day 272 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

I'd look at a well-kept Bristol 27 or 30, with an inboard diesel, which usually can be had for a couple thousand more than your current price range.

Sailing through the islands on a 5,000-pound, outboard-powered sailboat can be done, but it would be a wild ride in the winter "Christmas winds" and the 6- to 8-foot seas that accompany them in many places.

You would also find crossing the Gulfstream challenging, although possible, with slow progress and the prop coming out of the water with each wave.

The big issue is not the initial cost, but what shape the boat is in and how well-equipped it is.

You might feel good "saving" a couple of grand with a $4,000 purchase price, but that glow will disappear when you spend thousands on an autopilot, new rigging, acceptable sails, needed repairs, etc. Very few of these bargain boats are in any condition for a trip.

I've owned a C&C 25 and a Bristol 30 in recent years and sailed them around South and western Florida. I could get beaten up pretty well on the 25 when conditions worsened. The Bristol, hardly at all. There's a big difference in the designs.
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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

I herd Bahamas are shallow waters to poke around in i would get a catamaran! Since it is just you sailing, that is what i would do.
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I herd Bahamas are shallow waters to poke around in i would get a catamaran! Since it is just you sailing, that is what i would do.
Any suggestions for catamarans in the OPs price range, 3 to 8k. ?
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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

I second the idea of a C&C 27. They are sweet sailing boats.

For sure I would take a Catalina 27 over a 25. Much more practical size and systems for living on. As you say, Catalina is nice because it is really easy to get parts. Just check the bulkheads carefully.



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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

Sorry for asking question off topic but I am curious about the interior space on the Cat 27 vs Ericson 27 vs Oday272. Particularly the aft quarter berths, V-berths and standing headroom.
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Sorry for asking question off topic but I am curious about the interior space on the Cat 27 vs Ericson 27 vs Oday272. Particularly the aft quarter berths, V-berths and standing headroom.
Never been on an Oday272, but everyone I know that lives on a Catalina or Ericson 27 uses the starboard settee as the berth. That is plenty roomy for any adult.

I had two adults sleep on the V-berth on my Catalina 27, but I don't think you would want to do that often. Plenty roomy for 2 teens or really small adults.



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Re: 25-27 foot sailboat to sail Bahamas, possibly Cuba

I looked at a couple of Oday 272's a couple years ago. They were nice, and were sailing on a big lake. They were maybe a bit light for the ocean according to the owner of one not for sale. They had stubby wing keels which I kind of like.

I liked a lot less the main sheet traveler arrangement which I recall as being very far forward on the cabin top. Looked like poor leverage and perhaps difficult to have a dodger.

I don't recall quarter berths. Sink/galley to starboard and can't remember the port side. Maybe there. The saloon was roomy with good headroom.

The bulkheads seemed to be fitted to fiberglass flanges and bolted to them, looked relatively easy to change one out if rotted.

I didn't get one so I don't know if I have all the details correct.
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