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Drascombe alternative - BayRaider 20 (1 reply)

Chris Hodge
1 year ago
Chris Hodge 1 year ago

I am at the early stages of thinking about replacing our very well used Drascombe Luggers.  While we could (and may) do a like-for-like replacement, I am thinking through the alternatives.   Some of the potential alternatives are well-known in Sailability circles (Drascombe / Devon Longboat, Hawk 20), but I have just come across the BayRaider 20 by Swallow Yachts, that looks like it could fulfil a similar function while being self-righting (with water-ballast), self-bailing and with an easy-to-lower mast (which could open up a new sailing area for us just under a bridge near to our club).  

I wondered if any other groups have one or had looked into using this boat and what your views are.  Issues on my mind include capacity (theoretically a Lugger can take 6 - so I would want to be able to at least match this) and robustness (our Luggers are 40+ years old - and still going strong)

Chris, Sussex Sailability

Simon Whiteley
1 year ago
Simon Whiteley 1 year ago

Hi Chris


I can put you in touch with a couple of people who own cabin versions of the Bayraider for their own use if that would help.


one thought I had is that being wooden boats, you do need to maintain them quite carefully. 

best wishes



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