Old boats can live on and you can save a whack of money

Designers since the 1970s have been working nice designs in the 25 to 30 feet range. A current example of a very comfortable under 30 might be the Polish built Magnam 28 has 2 double berths, one aft and draws an amazing 1 foot 2 inches with the swing keel up. It avoids the Tupperware boat look below with the use of lots of teak.

In the older boat category, the classic Grampian 26, built in Oakville, Ontario has aged well. There are still about seven hundred of the one thousand made since the late 60s. They were well laid up with fibreglass and offered 6 foot standing headroom in the cabin for the first time in a 26 footer.

1. Small boats are cheaper to buy

2. they draw less water, so you can gunk-hole more easily

3. Dockage fees are paid by the foot

4. Boats more than 30 feet visiting the US are subject to an annual custom users fee

5. Larger boats are more expensive and difficult to maintain

6. Large boats are more likely to sink (this is an insurance statistic)

7. Small boats are easier and more fun to sail

8. They are easier to dock and anchor

9. Small boats are cheaper and easier to insure

10. They are easier to re-sell

10 Reasons to Buy a Used Sailboat

In a time of super-sizing and low-fat grandes, it is difficult to convince some people that smaller is better. People in Europe have known this for years and only recently have we traded in our Buick Roadmasters for a Smart cars.

In an age where less is more, it's time to look at the value of buying a smaller sailboat. In ages past boats under 30 feet usually had small cockpits, crowded cabins and poor headroom. If that is what you imagine in a boat less than 30 feet in length then think again.