Small and slow, not suitable for racing but good at what they are made for: short trips under sails for fun

Daysailers

Small and slow, not suitable for racing but good at what they are made for: short trips under sails for fun

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The Daysailer is a small sailing boat designed for short trips in the harbor or in the lake on a sunny day. It is easy to transport, easy to set sail and easy to operate alone. Daysailers can be monohulls or multihulls. Many daysailers are equipped with a small cabin, where one can store one’s belongings, shelter oneself from the elements or just take a nap. It is impossible to stand tall in such a "cabin".

Yet, the daysailers are superior to dinghies in size and stability. As a rule, all boats of this type are trailerable. The difference between a daysailer and a keelboat is not always obvious, but usually, keelboats are larger than 8.2 m and are used for longer voyages.

Perhaps the most famous daysailer is the traditional wooden "Beetle Cat", 3.76 m long, which has been produced by the shipyard of the same name since 1920. It s the very same boat on which JohnKennedy Jr studied yachting in 1969. Today Steven Spielberg and Calvin Klein are among the famous owners of "Beetle Cats". Its modern fibreglass version is the "Howard Boats" Barnstable catboat. Another iconic classic daysailer is "Herreshof 12.5", a sailboat that has been in production since 1914 (albeit with short breaks in between). Nowadays, there is not only a wooden version of this daysailer, but a fiberglass version is also manufactured, but under another brand – "Doughdish”.In 2014, one of the successors of "Herreshof 12.5", the wooden "Paine 14", designed by Chuck Payne, became the best boat according to the SAIL magazine.

The Com-Pac Yachts shipyard, which has a line of "Picnic Cat" and "Sun Cat" catboats, is also a modern manufacturer of daysailers. The Leonardo Yachts shipyard offers a 10.6-m premium "Eagle 36" on which designers have managed to fit in a cabin with a bed for two and a head.