by Jame Moore
Much like that vintage car; or that one amazing antique you must make a deal on in order to have the one-of-a-kind piece in your collection – so is the ultimate dream that people have of owning a sailboat.
Freedom is associated with sailing the open seas. And the beauty of the day or night – whether fishing or simply relaxing – makes owning a sailboat the ‘brass ring’ that many work hard to reach.
But once you’ve reached that pinnacle of success, what sailboat is actually the best one out there for you to purchase? This is one of those ‘very opinionated’ categories when it comes to the lover of the sailboat. There are lists as long and varied as your arm when it comes to what is or is not the best investment you can make when you head out to shop for that stunning craft.
The history of the sailboat is also long and varied, with some crafts still beloved by one and all across the country. So whether you wish to debate or simply nod your head regarding the list of choices below, the fun part is that each and every wannabe Captain should look them over – research them – and understand before heading to the salesman exactly what brilliant gifts the past brought to the world of sailing. Not to mention, what the sailor needs to look out for in order to make the right decision.
Like Noah and his Ark, there are a few sailboats that people will say are a perfect match for the partner sailing them. One such match was the Christian 33 Traditional. A very cozy look, this is one boat that went beyond family-friendly, offering an entertaining and comfortable cabin layout.
The Alberg 30 is talked about by many with a wistful look in their eyes. This was one beauty designed as a club racer by Carl Alberg, and over the years it became one of the most popular. Whitby Boat Works built over 750 Alberg 30’s between 1961 and 1984. The full keel, low freeboard, long overhangs and low-aspect rig makes any Captain practically giddy. Not to mention, even though these came about during the fiberglass days, the boat actually kept the intense beauty of aged wood.
The Beneteau 423 offered a stunning design that made the boat both quick yet comfortable at the same time. The 423 gave the owner ultimate value, because of the fact that sporty and family could be combined in one boat; and the reviews of the 423 remain superb.
The mighty rig; the basically light displacement (15,000 pounds); and the fact that the prospective owner can own a deep fin (5’ 8”) or shallow draft (4’ 11”) configuration – these are all qualities that made the C&C Landfall 38 popular. Versatility and quickness were keys to the boat, yet the beauty of the sleek sloop was what people truly loved. The boat was so well done and well received that fans literally pumped up the builder’s reputation, and caused C&C to eventually become a builder of high-performance cruisers.
Can you not have a list even mentioning sailboats without the word Catalina embedded in the article? Not a chance. The Catalina 30 was/is beyond popular – the stuff that dreams were made of during the ’wealthier’ years when the economy was actually doing quite well. A modest-sized sloop that came in Mark I, II and III versions, the Catalina 30 boasts the longest production run ever from 1975 to 2006. The numbers are startling, and more than 6,500 hulls were launched by the California builder.
When it comes to bluewater sailboats, it is a much smaller boat – the Contessa 26 – that many love. This boat was literally made famous by a young girl, Tania Aebi, who completed her solo circumnavigation aboard her own Varuna at the age of only twenty-one.
The Shannon 28 may be a smaller boat, but the reviews were always top-notch. Beyond seaworthy – doing better than many of her larger brethren – the Shannon 28 also exuded that beautiful craftsmanship that many boats nowadays simply do not have.
So when you head back through history and see the ‘golden nuggets’ of the sailboat industry, always remember that size and speed are not the only factors that matter. Take everything into account before you purchase, because if you want to be the owner of the perfect sailboat, you must choose wisely.
Source: SportsmansLifestyle Series / Baret News Wire