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About Daysailer Sailboats
What is a Daysailer Sailboat?
A daysailer sailboat – or sometimes day boat – usually refers to a smaller sailing vessel that may have no sleeping accommodations, in the strictest interpretation of the word. But some daysailers have these accommodations, so the definition may not be quite so set in stone. There is also some debate on what size really deserves the daysailer designation, with some classifying a daysailer as larger than a dingy (perhaps under 20 feet), but the larger size range seems to have some gray areas, with the LOA nudging up to 40 feet plus. Some of the more traditional, smaller daysailers are trailer-able and easily rigged and sailed. These sailboats may not have engines and may make use of outboard engines for power. A daysailer can also be a multihull and there are many design options to suit your particular taste. Some smaller versions are easily handled singlehandedly.
What is a Daysailer Sailboat Made Of (Construction Material/Hull Design)?
A daysailer sailboat can be built from many materials, including wood, fiberglass, and metals. Most sailboats have displacement hulls, but it’s the keel that could make all the difference on how you use your daysailer sailboat. The keel usually counterbalances the force of the wind, and there are a few configurations for sailing vessels. If your daysailer is trailer-able, it would most likely have a moveable keel – either a daggerboard, centerboard, or lifting keel – that raises into the boat to enable easy trailer transportation. Some daysailers have fixed keels and remain in the water.
Why You Should Buy a Daysailer
You should buy a daysailer sailboat if you have a love of solo sailing, being out on the water, or racing. A daysailer may offer the opportunity to get out with a minimum of fuss and time – so you get to spend more time sailing and less time getting the boat prepped. A smaller daysailer can be great for racing and can be a fun and easy way to learn the intricacies of sailing. A larger daysailer with a few more amenities allows you to spend your weekends on the water.