Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhereby John Vigor
John Vigor turns the spotlight on twenty seaworthy sailboats that are at home on the ocean in all weather. These are old fiberglass boats, mostly of traditional design and strong construction. All are small, from 20 feet to 32 feet overall, but all have crossed oceans, and all are cheap.Choosing the right boat to take you across an ocean or around the world can be
John Vigor turns the spotlight on twenty seaworthy sailboats that are at home on the ocean in all weather. These are old fiberglass boats, mostly of traditional design and strong construction. All are small, from 20 feet to 32 feet overall, but all have crossed oceans, and all are cheap.Choosing the right boat to take you across an ocean or around the world can be confusing and exasperating, particularly with a tight budget. Vigor sets out to remedy that in this book. He compares the designs and handling characteristics of 20 different boats whose secondhand market prices start at about $3,000. Interviews with experienced owners (featuring valuable tips about handling each boat in heavy weather) are interspersed with line drawings of hulls, sail plans, and accommodations. Vigor has unearthed the known weaknesses of each boat and explains how to deal with them. He rates their comparative seaworthiness, their speed, and the number of people they can carry in comfort.If you have ever dreamed the dream this book can help you turn it into reality.
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I bought this book because I wanted more info on the Bristol 27 and there just isn't much on the internet. The problem is, there wasn't much in the book either. Yes, each boat has it's own chapter, but other than the owner stories, I didn't feel that their was anything new, just a collection of what I had found all over the net. It was interesting to read about the other 19 boats too.
This book is an excellent starting point for those trying to wade through the ocean of sailboats available on the used market, who want to get 'the most bang for their buck.' The reader should come away with at least several favorites, allowing him/her to narrow the search for the 'perfect' boat. At the same time, other boats will be stricken from the list of possibilities because of information contained in this book. It is aimed at the person who wants to get out there and sail on the best boat possible, but must shop carefully due to budget considerations. The short descriptions and comparisons of the boats are helpful, as are details of known weaknesses, and interviews with owners. My only complaint was the book was too short, I hated to reach the end. As a companion to this book I would recommend 'Inspecting The Agine Sailboat' by Don Casey. I would buy this book again.