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    Default "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Does such a thing exist?

    Friend has been told that to take up a mooring the the drying harbour, he requires to have a bilge keel yacht of between 21 and 24 feet. Can anyone think of such a boat that would be attractive, and pleasant to sail?

    He will be giving up a Drascombe Longboat, so space to sail the boat will be more important that space for sleeping or making a cup of tea.

    Thought it better to ask on here than in PBO, just because you lot know what an attractive boat looks like.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Why not a lifiting keel? Could get a crabber 24?

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Quote Originally Posted by scruff View Post
    Why not a lifiting keel? Could get a crabber 24?
    Because the harbour dries out, and he will be in the middle of a row of bilge keelers......and more significantly because that it what he has been told to get by the people who have the power to decide who gets the mooring (for which there is a 15- 20 year waiting list!). Hence the (impossible?) quest.
    Last edited by Romeo; 15-10-19 at 16:57.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Achilles 24 triple keel version? Good looking and sails very well. Low headroom down below. Cheap to buy now as getting on a bit.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Hurley 22 or Pandora?

    + Corribee
    Last edited by LittleSister; 15-10-19 at 17:45. Reason: Forgot there were bk Corribees
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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Hunter Duette.
    Goes well.
    Tough.
    Fair accommodation for a 23ft boat.
    Obviously 'attractive' is a matter of taste.
    It's got a bit of a fat transom and I think the other suggestions would see a lot of that!
    There are more modern Hunters AIUI.

    Trident? Not sure of exact length, but has the advantage of inboard diesel I think?

    Just put your requirements into the search on Yachtworld and see what crops up.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post

    Just put your requirements into the search on Yachtworld and see what crops up.
    Where's the fun in that?

    Hunter duet is a bit of a minger. The Pandora, Hurley, Trident and Corribbee all have a much pleasanter hull shape, particularly the finer stern.

    Accommodation below is not that important here. Small boats have generally be ruined by purchasers when new being interested in number of berths and standing head room. (OK, beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that).

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    J D Sleightholme when Editor of YM owned a Trident called Tinker Liz, iirc. Proper sort of boat but some are centreboarders.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    A Yarmouth 23 might suit:

    https://yachts.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/yarmouth-23/611148

    Not really a bilge keeler but could do the job. Very roomy but never cheap.

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    Default Re: "an attractive bilge keeler"

    Quote Originally Posted by Romeo View Post
    Hunter duet is a bit of a minger. The Pandora, Hurley, Trident and Corribbee all have a much pleasanter hull shape, particularly the finer stern. .
    Each to their own opinions, but the Hunter bilge keelers will out sail most of the other / older bilge keelers and perhaps provide more fun as a result

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