Popular Cruiser Yachts Under 30 Feet Long Overall

Welcome to this ever-growing gallery of some of the most popular production cruiser yachts under 30 feet (9.1m) long overall.

Small cruising boats like these are ideal for pottering along the coast but, properly equipped and in the right hands of course, are capable of impressive offshore passages. 

Many of the cruiser yachts in this category would be ideal for the single-handed Jester Challenge - in fact many have done just that, and those that have are marked with an asterisk*.

It's not at all surprising that almost all of the Jester Challenge cruiser yachts sport a windvane self-steering system...


MP 27

'West Wind', an MP27 sailboatThank you Christofer Forsberg, for this great pic of your MP27 'West Wind'

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  Marine plywood (cold laminate construction)

Length Overall:~ 27' 5" / 8.4m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 4" / 6.8m

Beam:~ 9' 1" / 2.8m

Draft:~ 4' 7" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 6,614lb / 3,000kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.7*

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 266*

Designer:~ Matti Pulli

Builder:~ Länsivene Oy (Finland)

Year First Built:~ 1973

Year Last Built:~ 1974

Number Built:~ 7

Owners Association:~ MP Boats

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Beneteau First 28

Beneteau First 28 sailboatMany thanks to Arnaud Chevillot for this great pic of his Beneteau First 28 'YoYo'

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 3" / 8.6m

Waterline Length:~ 24' 3" / 7.4m

Beam:~ 9' 10" / 3.0m

Draft:~ 5' 8" / 1.72m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 7,000lb / 3,175kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.5

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 186

Designer:~ Jean-Marie Finot

Builder:~ Beneteau (France)

Year First Built:~ 1980

Year Last Built:~ 1982

Number Built:~ 600

Owners Association:~ Beneteau Owners' Association (UK)


Hunter 28.5

A Hunter 28.5 cruiser yacht'Scirocco', a Hunter 28.5 cruising boat

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 5" / 8.7m

Waterline Length:~ 23' 9" / 7.2m

Beam:~ 10' 6" / 3.2m

Draft:~ 5' 2" / 1.6m

Rig Type:~ B&R

Displacement:~ 7,000lb / 3,175kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.5

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 233

Designer:~ Hunter Design

Builder:~ Hunter Marine (USA)

Year First Built:~ 1985

Year Last Built:~ 1988

Number Built:~ not known

Owners Association:~ The Hunter Association


Etap 28i

An Etap 28i sailboatHigh performance sails on this Etap 28i

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 0" / 8.5m

Waterline Length:~ 23' 9" / 7.2m

Beam:~ 10' 3" / 3.1m

Draft:~ 5' 0" / 1.5m

Rig Type:~ Fractional Sloop

Displacement:~ 6,173lb / 2,800kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.1

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 205

Designer:~ Harle & Mortain

Builder:~ Etap (Belgium)

Year First Built:~ 1988

Year Last Built:~ 1997

Number Built:~ 450

Owners Association:~ ?

more about the Etap 28i...


Flicka 20

a Flicka 20 sailboatThe Flicka 20, a diminutive pocket cruiser.

Hull Type:~ Long keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 20' 0" / 6.1m

Waterline Length:~ 18' 2" / 5.5m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.4m

Draft:~ 3' 3" / 1.0m

Rig Type:~ Cutter

Displacement:~ 5,500lb / 2,495kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 409

Designer:~ Bruce Bingham

Builder:~ Nor'Star Fiberglass Yachts and Pacific Seacraft (USA)

Year First Built:~ 1974

Year Last Built:~ 1999

Number Built:~ 400

Owners Association:~ Not known

More about the Flicka 20...


Eventide 26

An Eventide 26 sailboat'Valerie', an Eventide 26

Hull Type:~ Twin keel

Hull Material:~  Plywood

Length Overall:~ 26' 0" / 8.4m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 0" / 6.7m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.5m

Draft:~ 3' 10" / 1.2m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 11,023lb / 5,000kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 273

Designer:~ Maurice Griffiths

Builder:~ Various, designed for home builders

Year First Built:~ 1957

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ not known

Owners Association:~ The Eventide Owners' Group

Many thanks to George Wenman for submitting this pic of his Eventide 26 'Valerie' alongside in Port Owen, South Africa.


Bristol 29.9

The Halsey Herreshoff designed Bristol 29.9 sailboatMany thanks to Stephen Fasciana for submitting this pic of 'Sea Fever', a Bristol 29.9

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 29' 11" / 9.1m

Waterline Length:~ 24' 0" / 7.3m

Beam:~ 10' 2" / 3.1m

Draft:~ 4' 4" / 1.3m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 8,650lb / 3,924kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 279

Designer:~ Halsey Herreshoff

Builder:~ Bristol Yachts Inc (USA)

Year First Built:~ 1977

Year Last Built:~ 1986

Number Built:~ 216

Owners Association:~ Bristol Sailboats


Great Dane 28

Great Dane 28 sailboat at anchorA Great Dane 28 long-keeled cruising yacht at anchor

Hull Type:~ Long keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 0" / 8.5m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 4" / 6.5m

Beam:~ 8' 2" / 2.5m

Draft:~ 4' 6" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop (bit this one is rigged with an inner forestay)

Displacement:~ 8,500lb / 3,856kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 391

Designer:~ Aage Utzon in conjunction with Klaus Baess

Builder:~ Klauss Baess, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Year First Built:~ 1965

Year Last Built:~ 1989

Number Built:~ 300

Owners Association:~ Great Dane 28 Owners' Club

Many thanks to Dan Tisoskey for submitting this photograph.


Phillipa 27

A moored Phillipa 27 sailboatA Phillipa 27 Sailboat on her mooring

Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 3" / 8.3m

Waterline Length:~ ?

Beam:~ ?

Draft:~ ?

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ ?

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ ?

Designer:~ Robert Clark

Builder:~ Philip & Son, Dartmouth (UK)

Year First Built:~ Mid 1970s?

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 70

Owners Association:~ ?

Apparently the boat is based on a Harwich One Design and was the forerunner of the Verl 27.

Many thanks to Terry Williams for submitting this photograph of his yacht.


Varne 27

A Varne 27 sailboat under sailA masthead-rigged Varne 27 making good progress under full sail in kight conditions.

Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 9" / 8.5m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 0" / 6.4m

Beam:~ 9' 0" / 2.74m

Draft:~ 4' 3" / 1.3m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 6,200lb / 2,812kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.4

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 299

Designer:~ Duncan Stuart

Builder:~ Varne Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1974

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 70

Owners Association:~ Varne Owners Association

Many thanks to Phil Eccleston for submitting this photograph of his yacht.


Nordica 20*

'Godot', a Nordica 20 sailboatThe diminutive 'Godot' at the Tamar River Sailing Club (Plymouth UK) after having successfully completed the 2016 Jester Azores Challenge

Hull Type:~ Long keel

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 19' 6" / 5.9m

Waterline Length:~ 16' 6" / 5.0m

Beam:~ 7' 8" / 2.34m

Draft:~ 3' 0" / 0.9m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 2,500lb / 1,134kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.2

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 248

Designer:~ Malta-Muller

Builder:~ Nordica Yachts (Canada)

Year First Built:~ 1975

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ ?

More about the Nordica 20...



Ericson 28.5

An Ericson 28.5 cruising yacht under sailAn Ericson 28.5 cruiser yacht under sail

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 6" / 8.7m

Waterline Length:~ 24' 2" / 7.4m

Beam:~ 10' 6" / 3.20m

Draft:~ 5' 0" / 1.5m

Rig Type:~ Fractional Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,500lb / 3,402kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.7

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 237

Designer:~ Bruce King

Builder:~ Ericson Yachts (USA)

Year First Built:~ 1980

Year Last Built:~ 1984

Number Built:~ 90

Owners Association:~  ?



Young 88

A Young 88 Cruiser/Racer sailboatThe Young 88 Cruiser/Racer is a multipurpose sailboat with speed and agility for racing, and space and comfort for cruising

Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 29' 4" / 8.94m

Waterline Length:~ 26' 4" / 8.02m

Beam:~ 10' 10" / 3.30m

Draft:~ 5' 9" / 1.75m

Rig Type:~ Fractional Sloop

Displacement:~ 5,843lb / 2,650kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 19.0

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 143

Designer:~ Jim Young

Builder:~ Jim Young Marine Ltd (NZ)

Year First Built:~ 1981

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 158

Owners Association:~ ?



Macwester 27

A twin-keeeled Macwester 27 sailboatA Macwester 27 Sailboat, demonstrating how bilge keels can make perfect sense!

Hull Type:~ Twin keel (bilge keels) with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 26' 11" / 8.22m

Waterline Length:~ 23' 0" / 7.0m

Beam:~ 9' 2" / 2.80m

Draft:~ 4' 11" / 1.50m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,385lb / 3,350kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13.9

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 271

Designer:~ CSJ (Jim) Roy

Builder:~ Macwester Marine Co. Ltd. (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1972

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:Macwester Owners Association



Sadler 29

A Sadler 29 sailboat'Zelda', a Sadler 29 Cruiser Yacht Ghosts Along in Light Airs

Hull Type:~ Fin with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 5" / 8.66m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 10" / 6.96m

Beam:~ 9' 6" / 2.90m

Draft:~ 4' 11" / 1.50m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 8,200lb / 3,720kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.68

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 308

Designer:~ David Sadler

Builder:~ Sadler Yachts (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1981

Year Last Built:~ 1988

Number Built:~ 400

Owners Association:Sadler & Starlight Owners Association

More about the Sadler 29...



Hurley 24*

Sailboat 'Pyxi', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Pyxi', a Hurley 24

Hull Type:~ Fin with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 23' 9" / 7.24m

Waterline Length:~ 17' 6" / 5.33m

Beam:~ 7' 5" / 2.26m

Draft:~ 4' 1" / 1.24m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 5,096lb / 2,312kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 424

Designer:~ Ian Anderson

Builder:~ Hurley Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1972

Year Last Built:~ 1974

Number Built:~ 200

Owners Association:Hurley Owners Association



Westerly Centaur

A Westerly CentaurA Bilge-Keeled Westerly Centaur

Hull Type:~ Bilge keels and spade rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 26' 0" / 7.92m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 4" / 6.5m

Beam:~ 8' 5" / 2.57m

Draft:~ 3' 0" / 0.91m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 6,700lb / 3,039kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.63

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 308

Designer:~ Laurent Giles

Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1969

Year Last Built:~ 198

Number Built:~ 2,444

Owners Association:Westerly Owners Association

More about the Westerly Centaur...



Albin Vega 27*

Sailboat 'Lizzie-G', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Lizzie G', an Albin Vega

Hull Type:~ Long fin keel

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 1" / 8.25m

Waterline Length:~ 23' 0" / 7.01m

Beam:~ 8' 1" / 2.46m

Draft:~ 3' 8" / 1.12m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 5,070lb / 2,300kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.09

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 186

Designer:~ Per Brohall

Builder:~ Albin Marine AB (Sweden)

Year First Built:~ 1965

Year Last Built:~ 1979

Number Built:~ 3,450

Owners Association:~ The Vega Association of Great Britain

More about the Albin Vega...


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Cutlass 27*

Sailboat 'Prime Suspect', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Prime Suspect', a Cutlass 27

Hull Type:~ Long keel

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 0" / 8.23m

Waterline Length:~ 20' 0" / 6.10m

Beam:~ 7' 8" / 2.34m

Draft:~ 4' 6" / 1.37m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 6,496lb / 2,947kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13.37

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 363

Designer:~ Eric White & Alan Hill

Builder:~ Marine Construction (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1967

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 170

Owners Association:~ ?



Frances 26*

Sailboat 'Bluegrass', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Bluegrass', a Frances 26

Hull Type:~ Long keel, canoe stern

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 26' 0" / 7.92m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 3" / 6.48m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.44m

Draft:~ 3' 10" / 1.17m

Rig Type:~ Cutter

Displacement:~ 6,800lb / 3,084kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.1

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 316

Designer:~ Chuck Paine

Builder:~ Morris Yachts (US)

Year First Built:~ 1975

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 200+

Owners Association:~ Frances 26 Owners

See also the Victoria 26 below...



Victoria 26*

Sailboat 'Shebeca', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge for small sailboats'Shebeca', a Victoria 26

Hull Type:~ Long keel, canoe stern

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 26' 0" / 7.92m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 3" / 6.48m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.44m

Draft:~ 3' 10" / 1.17m

Rig Type:~ Cutter

Displacement:~ 6,800lb / 3,084kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.1

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 316

Designer:~ Chuck Paine

Builder:~ Victoria Marine (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1975

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ 200+

Owners Association:~ The Victoria Shadow Association

More about the Victoria 26...

Essentially the same boat as the Frances 26, but built in the UK by Victoria Marine and renamed the Victoria 26.



Gib'Sea 76*

Sailboat 'Gribou', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Gribou', A Gib'Sea 76 Sailboat

Hull Type:~ Fin with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 26' 11" / 8.20m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 8" / 6.60m

Beam:~ 9' 2" / 2.80m

Draft:~ 4' 11" / 1.50m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 4,300lb / 1,950kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ ?

Designer:~ Groupe Graal

Builder:~ Gibert Marine (France)

Year First Built:~ 1984

Year Last Built:~ 1990

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ The Gib'Sea Association

More about the Gib'Sea 76...



Hurley 22*

Sailboat 'Duet', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Duet', a Hurley 22

Hull Type:~ Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 22' 0" / 6.71m

Waterline Length:~ 17' 0" / 5.18m

Beam:~ 7' 5" / 2.26m

Draft:~ 3' 9" / 1.14m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 4,000lb / 1,814kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.3

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 363

Designer:~ Ian Anderson

Builder:~ Hurley Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1966

Year Last Built:~ 1975

Number Built:~ 1200

Owners Association:~ Hurley Owners Association



Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 26*

Sailboat 'Jocasta', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Jocasta', a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 26

Hull Type:~ Bulb Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 24' 6" / 7.47m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 2" / 6.76m

Beam:~ 9' 8" / 2.95m

Draft:~ 5' 6" / 1.68m

Rig Type:~ Fractional Sloop

Displacement:~ 5,024lb / 2,279kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.9

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 206

Designer:~ Phillipe Briand

Builder:~ Jeanneau (France)

Year First Built:~ 2003

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ Jeanneau Owners Network

More about the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 26...



Dufour 29*

Sailboat 'The Sarah James', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'The Sarah James', Dufour 29

Hull Type:~ Fin with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 29' 4" / 8.94m

Waterline Length:~ 25' 1" / 7.64m

Beam:~ 9' 8" / 2.95m

Draft:~ 5' 3" / 1.60m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,250lb / 3,289kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.6

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 205

Designer:~ Michael Dufour

Builder:~ Dufour (France)

Year First Built:~ 1975

Year Last Built:~ 1984

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ Dufour Owners Association



Trapper 501*

Sailboat 'Dolphin of Fowey, an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Dolphin of Fowey', a Trapper 501

Hull Type:~ Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 4" / 8.33m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 2" / 6.76m

Beam:~ 9' 2" / 2.80m

Draft:~ 4' 3" / 1.30m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 5,180lb / 2,350kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 18.4

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 212

Designer:~ Rob Ball (Camper & Nicholson)

Builder:~ Trapper Yachts Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1977

Year Last Built:~ 1987

Number Built:~ 600

Owners Association:~ Trapper Owners Association

More about the Trapper 501...



Albin Ballad*

Sailboat 'Sixpence', and Albin Ballad'Sixpence', an Albin Ballad

Hull Type:~ Fin with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 29' 11" / 9.12m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 7" / 6.88m

Beam:~ 9' 8" / 2.95m

Draft:~ 5' 1" / 1.55m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,276lb / 3,300kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.0

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 282

Designer:~ Rolf Magnusson

Builder:~ Albin Marine (Sweden)

Year First Built:~ 1971

Year Last Built:~ 1982

Number Built:~ 1500

Owners Association:~ UK Ballad Association

More about the Albin Ballad...



Jouet Regent 27*

Sailboat 'Gwezer', a Jouet Regent'Gwezer', a Jouet Regent 27

Hull Type:~ Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 5" / 8.4m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 6" / 6.6m

Beam:~ 8' 2" / 2.5m

Draft:~ 4' 6" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,055lb / 3,200kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.5

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 317

Designer:~ P Jouet

Builder:~ Jouet (France)

Year First Built:~ 1966

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ ?



Royal Cape One Design*

Sailboat 'Foxy Lady', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Foxy Lady', a Royal Cape One Design from South Africa

Hull Type:~ Fin with spade rudder

Hull Material:~ Plywood

Length Overall:~ 29' 9" / 9.1m

Waterline Length:~ 27' 10" / 8.5m

Beam:~ 7' 0" / 2.13m

Draft:~ 5' 2" / 1.6m

Rig Type:~ Fractional Sloop

Displacement:~ 4,020lb / 1,823kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 22.4

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 83

Designer:~ E G van de Stadt

Builder:~ in South Africa?

Year First Built:~ 1961

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ ?



Sabre 27*

Sailboat 'Spirit of Venus', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Spirit of Venus', a Sabre 27

Hull Type:~ Fin and skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 0" / 8.2m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 2" / 6.8m

Beam:~ 9' 0" / 2.7m

Draft:~ 4' 6" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 6,800lb / 3,084kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.3

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 279

Designer:~ Alan Hill

Builder:~ Marine Construction Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1969

Year Last Built:~ 1979

Number Built:~ 400

Owners Association:~ Sabre 27 Owners' Association



Westerly 22*

Sailboat 'Belgean', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Belgean', a Westerly 22

Hull Type:~ Bilge keel and skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 22' 3" / 6.8m

Waterline Length:~ 18' 4" / 5.6m

Beam:~ 7' 6" / 2.3m

Draft:~ 2' 3" / 0.7m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 4,150lb / 1,429kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.95

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 228

Designer:~ Denis Rayner

Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1963

Year Last Built:~ 1967

Number Built:~ 332

Owners Association:~ Westerly Owners Association



Sadler 25*

Sailboat 'Jalina', an entrant in the 2015 Jester Challenge'Jalina', a Sadler 25

Hull Type:~ Fin keel and transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 24' 4" / 7.4m

Waterline Length:~ 19' 2" / 5.8m

Beam:~ 8' 9" / 2.7m

Draft:~ 4' 8" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 4,000lb / 1,814kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.87

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 253

Designer:~ David Sadler

Builder:~ Sadler Yachts Ltd (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1974

Year Last Built:~ 1981

Number Built:~ 200+

Owners Association:Sadler & Starlight Owners Association

A modified version - the Sadler 25 Mk 3 - was produced in 1979 with a taller mast and consequential increase in sail area. As a result the sail area/displacement ratio increased to 16.87 resulting in an increase in performance, particularly in light airs.

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Columbia 29 Mk1

A Columbia 29 sailboat'Pythagoras', a Columbia 29

Hull Type:~ Long keel

Hull Material:~  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 6" / 8.69m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 6" / 6.86m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.44m

Draft:~ 4' 0" / 1.22m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,400lb / 3,357kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.4

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 290

Designer:~ Sparkman & Stephens

Builder:~ Columbia Yachts (USA)

Year First Built:~ 1961

Year Last Built:~ 1965

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ Columbia Yacht Owners Association

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Contessa 28

Contessa 38 sailboatA Contessa 28

Hull Type:~ fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 8" / 8.43m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 0" / 6.71m

Beam:~ 9' 5" / 2.87m

Draft:~ 4' 10" / 1.47m

Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 6,970lb / 3,162kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.87

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 292

Designer:~ Doug Peterson

Builder:~ Jeremy Rogers

Year First Built:~ 1977

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ ?


Vancouver 27 and 28

The differences between the two is that the 28 has a semi-balanced rudder, a slightly lengthened stern and marginally higher topsides.

A Vancouver 274 moored on the River Yealm at Newton Ferrers in Devon, UKA Vancouver 27, moored on the River Yealm in Devon, England
The Vancover 27A Vancouver 28 at moored off Nevis, West Indies

Hull Type:~ Long keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall:~ 27' 0" / 8.2m

Waterline Length:~ 22' 11" / 7.0m

Beam:~ 8' 8" / 2.6m

Draft:~ 4' 4" / 1.3m

Rig Type:~ Cutter

Displacement:~ 8,960lb / 4,064kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.18

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 332

Designer:~ Robert Harris

Builder:~ Pheon Yachts Ltd (UK), Northshore Yachts Ltd (UK) and Philbrook's Boatyard (Canada)

Year First Built:~ 1973

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ More than 250

Owners Association:~ Vancouver Yachts Association

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Twister 28

A Twister 28 sailboatThe Kim Holman designed 'Twister 28'

Hull Type:~ Long keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall:~ 28' 3" / 8.6m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 6" / 6.6m

Beam:~ 8' 1" / 2.5m

Draft:~ 5' 0" / 1.5m

Rig Type:~ masthead sloop

Displacement:~ 9,968lb / 4,521kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 12.1

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 448

Designer:~ Kim Holman

Builder:~ Uphams (UK) and Tyler (UK)

Year First Built:~ 1964

Year Last Built:~ 1983

Number Built:~ 200

Owners Association:~ Twister Class Association

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Bristol 24

A Bristol 24 sailboatBristol 24

Hull Type:~ Long Keel

Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall:~ 24' 6" / 7.5m

Waterline Length:~ 18' 1" / 5.5m

Beam:~ 8' 0" / 2.4m

Draft:~ 3' 5" / 1.0m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 5,920lb / 2,685kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.27

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 447

Designer:~ Paul Coble

Builder:~ Bristol Yachts inc (US)

Year First Built:~ 1969

Year Last Built:~ 1972

Number Built:~ 800

Owners Association:~Bristol Owners Association

The Bristol 24 was produced in two versions; a 'standard' version with two berths in the saloon, and a 'dinette' version with a quarterberth.

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Northern 29

A Northern 29 cruising sailboat'Migrant', a Northern 29 Sailboat

Hull Type:~ Fin & Skeg

Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall:~ 29' 0" / 8.8m

Waterline Length:~ 21' 3" / 6.5m

Beam:~ 9' 0" / 2.7m

Draft:~ 4' 6" / 1.4m

Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop

Displacement:~ 7,250lb / 3,289kg

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.54*

Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 337*

Designer:~ Sparkman & Stephens

Builder:~ Northern Yacht Ltd (Canada)

Year First Built:~ 1972

Year Last Built:~ ?

Number Built:~ ?

Owners Association:~ Not known


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