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I am looking for suggestions for a small keelboat that has a realistic PHRF rating and can be raced, in light to moderate airs, by a lightweight crew of 2.

A spinny would be nice.

 

I have a budget of only about 10K...

 

Any/all suggestions would be appreciated.

 

 

Greve de Lecq

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Cal 20, fun little boat, cheap and rates a 268 also a fun one design class boat. For 3500 you can find race ready boats and a suit of sails is 1800. Yea it's 6kt sb but people clean up with them in phrf racing.

 

 

Cal 20 One Design Sailing For Everyone

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Cal 20, fun little boat, cheap and rates a 268 also a fun one design class boat. For 3500 you can find race ready boats and a suit of sails is 1800. Yea it's 6kt sb but people clean up with them in phrf racing.

 

 

Cal 20 One Design Sailing For Everyone

 

 

 

do IT

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Santana 20

 

Readily available $5k boats competitive for nationals

 

Killer PHRF in light to mod air and flat water

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Keelboats designed for a crew of two are rare. Flying Fifteen and Tempest are the only two that come to mind.

 

2 man keelboats have been around for a while. 1/2 raters were racing at the end of the 19 century.

 

As you say, Flying Fifteen and Tempest

Star

 

 

 

Squib

Sandhopper (an....acquired taste)

Loch Long

K6

SK2 (bit modern and spenny)

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Check your local PHRF to see if they allow traps. Tempest is a great fast boat for two, but the traps set it apart when brought to the committee for a rating.

NorCal PHRF has a history of allowing traps on some boats, (nobody mentioned a Wabbit, the ultimate killer machine).

 

SoCal, not so much.

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For PHRF the Soling can be a good one.

 

Soling would be a lot for 2 people to handle, especially in a breeze. Tuna 20 was my thought. Rocket 22 would be fun, but I think it would be a budget buster and not sure easily 2 handed

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It's not clear to me exactly what you want. PHRF is oriented to cabin boats and big crews. Some the possibilities mentioned are awkward fits to PHRF. And most of the small keelboats meant for racing are designed with minimum crew of three. I remember a Santana 20 brochure showing 4 (or was it 5?) 200lb crew members in full foulies. Lightnings and Rhodes 19's usually sail with three. The 2-man, hi-performance boats like the International Tempest are difficult to rate in PHRF because they are very fast in some conditions, so you may well get a rating the prohibits doing well except in those conditions.

 

Check with the fleet you want to race in, and find out if they allow boats without cabins. They didn't use to, but I guess they do now. Then I suggest you find a fractional rig boat weighing not much more than 2500#. It can be equipped so that a two man crew can fly the chute and otherwise sail OK, but you will give away a little to boats with bigger crews. You want a medium-performance boat; something really hot will be looking for more weight on the rail.

 

You also want to check the rating range of the fleet. A boat like a C&C 24 or 25 would fit your specs, but if the next-slowest boat is a J-24 you will always be the last man in.

 

Or maybe you don't really want to sail PHRF at all.

 

I think you might look at a Sonar.

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Holder 20

Rates 186 phrf.

Sail safe!

 

+1 for the Holder 20. Will sail past its rating, especially as it builds.

I raced against one for quite a few years. Fast in moderate to light breeze, really good as it built and if you could get a third crew on for weight. Would plane pretty well.

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If you are in BC, Star would be a good solution, good fleet and district. You can buy a pretty good boat for 10K (sail inventory isn't cheap but lots of good used sails around), enough to allow you to compete reasonably well at a district and even continental level. You get to become a member of a great fraternity that will allow you to sail just about anywhere in the world when you travel. And there isn't a better boat around, except maybe the Finn (or is it the other way around...).

 

However, PRHF isn't much fun in the boat, because you have to pee in your wetsuit.

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Light air? OK...

While out looking over the Cal 20 (which is a good choice), check out the Ranger 20. Admittedly it's a short lead keel plus a CB, but it was designed for light air in the NW. I used to race one with working sails and occasionally in spinnaker class. Fractional rig so the chute is easy to handle.

Crew of two is usually all you need.

 

L

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Do what I'm about to do...move down to a U20. Great single/double/triple handed boat. Can actually sail to its rating, comfy, fast and fun.

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The 2-man, hi-performance boats like the International Tempest are difficult to rate in PHRF because they are very fast in some conditions, so you may well get a rating the prohibits doing well except in those conditions.

 

Years ago, there were a few Flying Fifteens racing at my club in a mixed PHRF fleet. They usually got slaughtered on corrected, but if they had enough breeze to plane or waves to surf, they were untouchable.

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The 2-man, hi-performance boats like the International Tempest are difficult to rate in PHRF because they are very fast in some conditions, so you may well get a rating the prohibits doing well except in those conditions.

 

Years ago, there were a few Flying Fifteens racing at my club in a mixed PHRF fleet. They usually got slaughtered on corrected, but if they had enough breeze to plane or waves to surf, they were untouchable.

 

Yeah, but a FF in Bristol condition is a thing of beauty.

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If you are in BC, Star would be a good solution

 

I am looking for suggestions for a small keelboat that ......... can be raced, in light to moderate airs, by a lightweight crew of 2.

 

Does that sound like a Star? Or come to that, someone else's suggestion of K6?

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Cal 20 would be perfect if you have a fleet nearby. It also does well on PHRF but really prefers heavy air I think.

 

The Santana 20 seems like the obvious choice if you are in a lighter region. And it's much more fun to sail in any breeze than the Cal 20, and finally it will also be about 20 years newer than most any Cal you find.

 

The other boat that I know nothing about but I bet would work is the S2 6.9. I think there is a version with a decent cabin and a more racey version.

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Northstar 727. $8000 neg. Great Boat.. Can be double handed easily. I"ve done it. omes with a trailer.

 

Rates 195 PHRF-LE

 

check out the classifieds (I already bought an ad)

 

-Bluefin

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Damn Dave, you're giving it away! Take bids at least so more people have a chance at it.:lol:

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I'll put another vote in for the Impulse 21.

 

You can find them cheap, they are pretty well-built and sail very well - all around - not a light-air screamer, but comfortable, will go upwind in a blow just fine and the self-tacking jib and kite-launcher make 2-up sailing a cinch.

 

Five years into my ownership of # 159 I am still enjoying it - very easy to get underway and to take care of, and it has been an EXCELLENT crew trainer.

 

No interior volume or accomodations, however.

 

If you want a camper-boat in that size/price range look around for a fixed-keel version of the Catalina22.

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My main motivation is racing, and the only racing here is PHRF, mostly light to moderate airs.

 

A small cabin for additional gear for day-sailing would be useful.

 

I don't want to be searching for crew members to race and would like to be able to single-hand from time to time for recreation sailing.

 

G d L

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Well the Impulse is a day-sailer -storage below decks only, so if you want a more versatile boat, look for a Wabbit !

 

 

Looks like a cool boat, but where on earth do you find one??

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There's also a Merit 22 on Portland Craigslist right now that might be a good fit.

 

In Vancouver the San Juan 24s do quite well in Div. 7, and they probably would do better with 2 people on them to keep the traffic jam out of the cockpit.

 

Any 24'er can be sailed well by 2, but the lack of meat on the rail will certainly impact many of them.

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Didn't the PNW have a big Santana 525 fleet a while back ?

 

Not quite a 2 person boat, but likely quite a few to be had at good prices in the area.

 

The S20 is also an obvious choice.

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My main motivation is racing, and the only racing here is PHRF, mostly light to moderate airs.

 

A small cabin for additional gear for day-sailing would be useful.

 

I don't want to be searching for crew members to race and would like to be able to single-hand from time to time for recreation sailing.

 

G d L

 

Lots of boats mentioned here will easily fit that bill.

 

I would suggest start looking at boats say 18' to 25', find one you like that is in good shape, come back and ask for opinions. Most of the boats in this range can quite easily be sailed 2 up, especially in light airs.

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Santana 20

 

Readily available $5k boats competitive for nationals

 

Killer PHRF in light to mod air and flat water

+10

 

Santana 20, small enough you can handle double handed even with kite. You will only suffer in the upper moderate wind range where having 2 bodies hiking upwind would be needed to sail to the rating and you will only have one.

 

Stars can be fun and you can get a used older one for under $5k. But they can be physically painful to sail, particularly as the wind goes up (was out on one this past weekend in 20+ and it was "exciting", and fairly challenging in higher breeze.

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I would happily trade in my 38-ft Laser for an Alerion 28. But that's much more pricey than 10-K! But that would be perfect for someone in my geriatric status. A "couch" boat: something longer than a Harbor-20 (doesn't leave the harbor in more than 20 knots) would fit the bill.

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Those i550s sure look interesting but I don't have a workshop large enough and don't want to wait the 2 years it would probably take me to build one!

 

G d L

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Those i550s sure look interesting but I don't have a workshop large enough and don't want to wait the 2 years it would probably take me to build one!

 

G d L

 

I'm amazed nobody has suggested a San Juan 21

 

FB- Doug

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Those i550s sure look interesting but I don't have a workshop large enough and don't want to wait the 2 years it would probably take me to build one!

 

G d L

One already built for sale:

http://www.iceboxi550.blogspot.com/

Probably the best equipped boat in this hemisphere, at a fire sale price...

 

 

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I like the idea of the drop keels on the likes of the SR Max 21 & Holder 20.

How practical would it be to race either one of these with a crew of 2 lightweights (total 280#)?

 

Greve de Lecq

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J22? Although more crew would be helpful would think that in light to moderate air (emphasis on light air) properly set up the boat could be managed.

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Moore 24 for <10k absolutely best boat for the $. phrf 150. Highly competitive OD fleets and often soloed. Two handed seems very relaxing even with spinnaker when used to single handing.

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The Santana 20 and 525 are great in light air but struggle when it blows, and would really struggle with only 2 aboard.

 

Best suggestion is the Moore 24, if there are any in the stated price range. Don't forget sails, etc.

 

Can you get a Martin 242 that cheap?

 

Both of these have PNW fleets and class racing, so a supply of boats/parts/knowledge. And buyers when you're done.

 

Cal 20 or 25 would be great if not "fast," same with Ranger 23 or Santana 22.

 

I'd stick with what's available locally. No sense spending half the value of a boat to go get it.

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K6 doesn't fit your budget but is a hell of a lot fun to sail and was designed as a double hander. Sails well in light and heavy air. Whole boat weighs 600 lbs and has nearly 50 ballast ratio. Carbon mast, prod and a 4lb carbon boom!

 

New with Trailer and Norths are $24,995...cheaper still if you buy a 20' box.

 

http://www.rondarboats.com/us/k6-class

 

Easily rigged alone and can sail singlehanded with the kite up. Self tending jib.

 

There may be a couple of used ones available at American Yacht Club come Spring of 2013. Recent sales of boats in BC, Midwest, West Coast and North East. Still nowhere close to one-design but it's a start.

 

Bummer is we can't get a NorCal PHRF rating as the keel doesn't meet the minimum of 400 lbs (Wabbit Wule) SoCal rating is 114.

 

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The Tempest rated at 141 for SF Bay fits in quite nicely with the SC 27 and U20 rating. Normally in the mix somewhat with the Moore's and E27s.

 

I could never see the problem with rating this boat within this sailing range. People get all freaked out over traps.

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys.

I found myself a really nice SR Max with 2 suits of sails ( one suit used only one weekend!) plus trailer for well under my budget and am really looking forward to the coming season.

Needs a minor repair to the bulb, but that will have to wait until Spring

 

Regards

 

 

Greve de Lecq

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If you are going to race PHRF, get the biggest boat your $10k can get you.

 

An older C&C, Pearson, Hobbie, J/anything, Peterson, Olsen anything that will sail well without 1500 pounds of rail gorillas.

You will enjoy the boat with family and friends and do fine in PHRF distance racing. If you want to do W/L get a furler for

the jib and spinnaker, they both cost less dollars than what a crew can eat and drink in a single season and they always show up!

 

Bigger boats are easier to sail short handed, can handle just about any weather if your man enough and serve as a GDP. (Gin drinking Platform)

Upkeep is almost the same and mooring and storage is only marginally more. If you get a popular boat there are always used sails on the market.

 

How can an old boat with a small crew win in PHRF? Easy, keep the bottom clean, don't make mistakes. Did you ever notice the boats having the most fun racing are

the guys you have to ask what kind of boat is that. Welcome to PHRF 3 & 4, get this man a Gin and Tonic...

 

Frenzy

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys.

I found myself a really nice SR Max with 2 suits of sails ( one suit used only one weekend!) plus trailer for well under my budget and am really looking forward to the coming season.

Needs a minor repair to the bulb, but that will have to wait until Spring

 

Regards

 

 

Greve de Lecq

 

good luck GdeL, what number?

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys.

I found myself a really nice SR Max with 2 suits of sails ( one suit used only one weekend!) plus trailer for well under my budget and am really looking forward to the coming season.

Needs a minor repair to the bulb, but that will have to wait until Spring

 

Regards

 

 

Greve de Lecq

Nice get. enjoy...

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Someone suggested a Dragon. I would not advise that for two people, not and use all the sails. A 210, on the other hand, I think you can do. Or at least I have.

 

Then again, I have seen several guys in the Cleveland Dragon fleet sail with two. Just depends on how well it's rigged.

 

RD

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions guys.

I found myself a really nice SR Max with 2 suits of sails ( one suit used only one weekend!) plus trailer for well under my budget and am really looking forward to the coming season.

Needs a minor repair to the bulb, but that will have to wait until Spring

 

Regards

 

 

Greve de Lecq

 

TURBO IT!!

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Do what I'm about to do...move down to a U20. Great single/double/triple handed boat. Can actually sail to its rating, comfy, fast and fun.

+1 on the U20! I loved my Antrim 27 and often think about getting back in the Sport Boat game with the U20.

 

Also the Moore 24 is a good choice as mentioned.

 

A Merit 25 is a good choice for light to moderate air.

 

All the small Sport Boats would work well:

Viper, K6, VX-One, SB3 (Slower but can be had for a song in the US as the class never took off here.)

 

Good luck and have fun!

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fun for two Tempest all the way.

 

Ultimate 20 is a very well rigged boat - but really for three.

 

K-6 is quite nice - kind of tweaky - probably an excellent husband and wife boat (if you want to go there and 'stress test' the relationship).

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