The hard part is the choosing
How many of us learned to sail on a daysailer? I associate the term with the 17-foot O’Day DaySailer and with my family’s O’Day Mariner 2+2. These versatile centerboard trailer-sailers are just right for exploring rivers, bays, estuaries and the shoals of sandy barrier island environments such as North Carolina’s Outer Banks or Chatham, Massachusetts.
Illustration by Jim Ewing
It came out of a Maine boatyard known for its superb sailboats, and it rocked the boating world as few designs have ever done. Suddenly the terms picnic boat, lobster yacht and Down East were on everyone’s lips.
Illustrated by Jim Ewing
For outright sex appeal and legendary fishability, there’s nothing quite like the Buddy Davis 61. The exaggerated bow flare, the huge foredeck, the soaring outriggers, the action station aft surrounded by gleaming teak, where a chrome-and-varnish fighting chair can take center stage — it’s eye-catching, to say the least.
Trawlers from the other side of the Atlantic are finding American fans
Having been involved in the trawler market since the grand days of the first Grand Banks, Krogens, Island Gypsies, DeFevers and Marine Traders, I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of this type of yacht during the past 40 years.
Consider the many kinds of “trawlers” in today’s market
Twenty-five years ago there was no question about what a cruising boat, or “trawler,” looked like. There were relatively few builders in the market space, and all of the vessels, whether built by Grand Banks, Willard, Kadey-Krogen or Marine Trader, operated mainly in the 7- to 9-knot range.
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