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Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

I will admit I am a traditionalist. I like old cars, old boats, old homes. I especially like small old boats, small old cars, and small old homes..

I have been looking at the Marlin for some time now, but I have found the "cruiser" version to be elusive and pricy compared to the day sailer. Recently I "discovered" the Sea Sprite 23. It has similar looks, is a similar size, and even has a similar PHRF rating... but seems more abundant and much cheaper.

Should I hold out for the Marlin, or should I give the Sea Sprite a good hard look?

For those that want to know before answering. I live in the Atlantic City region.. this means mostly calm, but with some chop.. along with treacherous inlets. I need shoal draft due to the depth of the inland waterway and the Deleware bay, but I also intend to solo this boat to Florida at least once. (I work the theatres in the casinos here and work dies for jan, feb, and march.. perfect southern cruising times)

Ideas, thoughts, people telling me I am crazy?

My parents had Grampian 23 when I was young (the rare fin keel version) and I currently have a GP14. I just want to move up to something I can cruise in
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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

Alot has to do with the set-up and the sailor!....Dale

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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

I'd go for the Sprite - I've always loved their looks and at least one was sailed across the Atlantic.

If I could find a boat around 32' that looked just like it I'd buy it on the spot.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

I have actually sailed both boats. I personally think that the Marlin sails better all around, although I am under the impression that the Sea Sprite may be a slightly better light air boat but a much worse choice in chop or for carrying the amount of stuff that you want to carry.

Neither boat is especially ideal for what you are considering doing on your Marlin thread. If I had a tight budget and you goals I would try to find one of the Henry Walton imported folkboats. These were built by Whitby in Canada & were also sold as Continental 25's. These had single cyl inboards and a larger cabin that a true Folkboat and yet still sailed very well for that general type.


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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

Fair enough, I guess that is why I see more Sea Sprites for sale than Marlins.

I will be honest, except for my dreams of sailing to Flordia in her, most of my sailing will be right around the southern Part of NJ. from barnagat down and up the Deleware. So most cruises would only be a two or three day event.. perfect for a smaller craft.

Most times it would just be me or maybe one other person.. I remember going cruising with a family of four as a child in my parent's Grampian 23 and we were never really hurting for space

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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

I think if I had your mix of plans, there are a range of older boats that would appeal to me. I already mentioned the Whitby 25/Continental 25/Walton 35 Folkboat derivative. But there are also a bunch of really great 1960's era, MORC keel-centerboard boats that were very nice designs for the type of thing that you were considering. Some of the better of these were the Doplphin 24 (AKA Yankee Dolphin, Pacific Dolphin, Oday Dolphin and Shaw 24), the Morgan 24/25, or Sailmaster 22. Of course my personal fav of that general type from that period is the Tartan 27.


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Re: Sea Sprite 23 vs the Cape Cod Marlin 23

the dolphin is an interesting alternative. A foot longer and in some places.. you can get them for free. Also appears to have a thriving owners group around it

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