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Pocket change

Thinking of changing to a smaller boat? Switching from sail to power? Here’s why pocket cruisers make sense.

Connecticut boaters Geoffrey Balshaw (left) and Bill Bucknall each switched from sailboats to a Nordic Tug 26.Pocket cruisers are gaining popularity for their efficiency and lower purchase and upkeep costs, and their appeal is resonating with baby boomers who are downsizing from bigger cruising boats or migrating from sail.



The small boat fleet

Seaway 24 Coastal Hardtop

The 24 Coastal Hardtop remains the most popular model in the New Hampshire builder’s 11-boat fleet, which starts at 18 feet.

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Moving up to a pocket cruiser

Dave and JoAnn Leibman's Cutwater 28 is their fifth boat.Dave and JoAnn Leibman, 55 and 53, respectively, are experienced cruisers who live in Maple Valley, Wash., a suburb of Seattle. Now empty nesters — he’s a police commander and she’s a systems analyst for an investment firm — the couple wanted something more from the fifth boat they would own. Specifically, they wanted to move up from the cuddy cabin and sportboats they raised their family aboard.



Elco 42 Flat Top

The list of Elco motoryacht owners reads like a 20th century “Who’s Who”: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Adm. George Dewey, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild. John Jacob Astor had two of them. From 1893 through 1949, the Electric Launch Co. was among the premier custom motoryacht builders in the world, and it had a clientele that reached to the heights of society.



Hinckley Bermuda 40

Illustration by Jim Ewing

The emergence of fiberglass in the late 1950s represented the beginning of a sea change in yacht design and construction. At the forefront stood an up-and-coming designer and a well-known builder of wooden boats.



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