- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications; 1st edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939837323
- ISBN-13: 978-0939837328
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Laced with anecdote and opinion..Very readable, and most useful for anyone looking at small boats for extended cruising. -- Cruising World Magazine, May 2000
Through boat reviews and advertisements, sailors are bombarded with product information about new boats in sailing magazines. They can tour new boats to their hearts content at boat shows. And they can compare these vessels in annual directories of sailing manufacturers and distributors. Eager vendors will readily send sales literature on request.
But what of those of us who have elected to sail those boats euphemistically referred to as gently used or previously sailed? These boats, of course, are affordable, often well-equipped, and typically in sailaway condition without extensive commissioning. So how do you make comparisons and determine which of these boats is right for you?
John Vigor has selected 20 from a vast field of older sailboats and offers comprehensive reviews and rating scales for comparison. His criteria for selection were that the boat must be seaworthy enough to go offshore and small enough to be easily handled by two. The boats he selected range from 20 to 32 feet.
Lin and Larry Pardey, who have circumnavigated twice in sailboats less than 30 feet in length, argue that small and simple boats are better for voyaging couples. They have noted that large vessels are often the cause of abandoned cruising dreams. Theyre too expensive and thus steal too much from the cruising couple without the assistance of additional crewmembers or power devices that can fail at the most critical moment. Larger, more complicated, sailboats have more systems that break, testing the skills of even the handiest. Their advice in sum is to go small, go simple, and go with the confidence that comes of handling it yourself.
In this book, John Vigor offers sailors a collection of 20 boats capable of taking you anywhere perhaps not in the comfort and style touted by new boat product literature but safely and with dignity. John has raced, crossed oceans, and cruised coasts. His views are fresh and insightful. He has the credentials to know a boat for what it is. Readers will be rewarded with valuable information that is more timeless than trendy. Lurking behind it all is Johns wry humor that steps in at just the right moment to remind us that logic has its limits and owning and sailing these vessels is meant to be fun. If we are patient, todays new boats will become older boats. When the best small ones have proved themselves by crossing oceans safely and in style, John may select from among these and write another book. -- Karen Larson and Jerry Powlas,Publishers of Good Old Boat magazine
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The treasure of the book is not just the specific choices Vigor recommends (some I yearn for, some I can pass on...), but rather because he describes in good detail why he made each selection. What is the type of ballast, construction, comfort available and storage capacity -as well as, very importantly, what is the vessel's actual track-record for voyaging. Although these are all smallish boats but contemporary standards, where one seemingly needs at least 50ft to be acceptable to make the jump across from Florida, Vigor is not writing about blue-water sailing as a trivial exploit or cheap stunt, but as a serious seamanlike endeavor worthy of serious contemplation and using serious tools - which the vessels he recommends generally are.
This is a pocket-sized book, but crammed with useable information for a skipper researching reality-sized craft for whatever reason, and is highly recommended for those on a budget or those who have done their time on larger craft and are returning to something a bit more gracious, nimble and enjoyable - all without giving up on the penchant to see what is over the horizon.