Small tropical coastal cruiser

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by lejie, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. lejie
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    I have a very limited building space and want a minimalist coastal cruiser (sailboat) constructed of stitch-n-glue plywood to use in the tropics. I would like the ability to sleep two in the cabin and two under a boom tent in the cockpit. If it had sitting headroom in the cabin, that would be very handy. It needs to be shallow draft to beach it at times.

    In addition, it needs to have pretty good motoring abilities (power) because at times there are strong currents (narrow rivers of currents) in the straits of Malacca where I will have to pass through.

    I would prefer to look at designs 18 feet and shorter and the fastest type of construction (hence stitch-n-glue).

    I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you think would work best.

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
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    If you can find it, the Hartley trailer/sailer series were popular around the early 70's and I think used ply & stitch & glue to make a useful 18 foot or so sail-boat. Beyond that not much help at the moment, sorry.
     
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  6. Frosty

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    Lejie --have a look round the Marinas. With the price of mooring in Singapore Ive seen boats like that been given away.
    Go look at Changi yacht club, some of those on moorings are just about sinking.

    Pongol Im sure you will find a real cheap almost give away. Theres always a lightning strike damaged boat somewhere

    Port Dickson, Sabana.

    I might know where there is a cheap Magreggor??

    Have you seen the new rules for cruising permits in Singapore. The transponder will cost more than the boat!!

    Just Check out the PSA web site before you make your mind up about sailing in Singapore.
     
  7. lejie
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    lejie Junior Member

    Hey Frosty,

    Thanks for the heads up on the MPA regulations. Looks like the transponder will cost S$910 which is a lot. However, if I can get a used boat for cheap, I'm VERY interested. It is much easier than trying to build since I have no garage or place to build it yet.

    You mentioned Pongol, did you mean Pungol? Are you talking about the sailing club?

    If you know more about the MacGregor, I'd be very interested. Have you heard of anyone mooring a boat outside a marina?

    Otherwise, for everyone who has replied, yes, I'll probably need to trailer it, maybe with dagger boards.

    Thanks for the help.
    Steve
     

  8. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    I have'nt been down Singapore since last year when I nearly got arrested off Changi. But I have spent a lot of time round the back there in Johor straits.

    I feel sure that there will be something. Sometimes these things are in such a state of repair the owners are too embarrased to put a for sale sign on it.
    Ille ask about the Macgregor --its in Langkawi
     
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