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Old 11-01-2013, 17:12   #1
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Shallow Draft

I am on a river where the depth can drop to 3' and I have a bridge clearance of 44' . I have looked at multi hulls and mono hulls. I would like to cruise, but would like to keep the boat at my home. I have found boats with speed but mast was to high or the draft is deep. Looking for suggestions!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 18:07   #2
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Re: Shallow draft

The Centaur. 3 foot draft, 35' mast. Hull speed about 5.5knots, often does better. Bilge keel makes it nice for blowouts, or bottom maintenance. Comfy pocket cruiser with 2 double berths and 2 singles. Dinette drops for the second double. Full head.
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Old 11-01-2013, 18:09   #3
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Re: Shallow draft

Often this is a problem answered by a split rig such as a ketch. The mast can be far shorter than the sloop and, with the lower center of force on the sails, they can achieve the proper righting arm with a shoal draft. There are some copies of the old style and beautiful Bugeye ketches of the Chesapeake working boat fame that might suit you well. Kenner is a boat from the seventies that might still be available on the used market.
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Re: Shallow draft

A 30' center boarder like the Morgan 30, Pearson Wanderer, C&C Corvette should fit the bill nicely. If you want a go fast, no accomadation racer, the Hobie 33 might work though the mast may be too tall. The Hobie is trailerable
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Often this is a problem answered by a split rig such as a ketch. The mast can be far shorter than the sloop and, with the lower center of force on the sails, they can achieve the proper righting arm with a shoal draft. There are some copies of the old style and beautiful Bugeye ketches of the Chesapeake working boat fame that might suit you well. Kenner is a boat from the seventies that might still be available on the used market.
+1 on the Kenner! (yes, the toy company)
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I am on a river where the depth can drop to 3' and I have a bridge clearance of 44' . I have looked at multi hulls and mono hulls. I would like to cruise, but would like to keep the boat at my home. I have found boats with speed but mast was to high or the draft is deep. Looking for suggestions!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 23:09   #7
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Re: Shallow draft

The following are boats with a minimum draft of 3.5', there are only a very few with draft 3' or less. There are some other boats 20-27' with 3' or less draft that would work too, but you said you wanted to cruise which implies a need for a bit more space..

Truck height can be estimated by adding 3' or 4' to the 'I' dimension if a masthead rig or 6' to the 'P' dimension if the boat is fractionally rigged.

TARTAN 27
MORGAN 34 - boarder line for mast height
MORGAN 28
MORGAN OUT ISLAND 28
MORGAN OUT ISLAND 30
IRWIN 27
IRWIN 28-1 CB
IRWIN 31
GRAMPIAN 30 CB
COLUMBIA 34
COLUMBIA 34 Mk II CB
COLUMBIA 33 CARIBBEAN
COLUMBIA 31
BRISTOL 29 CB
BRISTOL 29.9 CB
BRISTOL 30 CB
BRISTOL 31.1 CB - boarder line for mast height
BRISTOL 32 CB
BRISTOL 35.5 CB

WANDERER 30 (PEARSON)
CORVETTE 31 (C&C)
CENTAUR 26 (WESTERLY)
MORGAN 30-1
HOBIE 33 - No issue with mast height. Lift keel that is bolted down to sail, so 2' or 5.5', nothing in between.
MEGA 30 OD (C&C) 1.75' or 5' draft or Lift keel may be sailed partially withdrawn at 3.75' draft.

FLICKA 20
BAYFIELD 25
BAYFIELD 29
PEARSON 300
FALMOUTH CUTTER 22
BRISTOL 26 CB
BRISTOL 24 CORSAIR (SAILSTAR)
BRISTOL 24
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Re: Shallow draft

You may be best served with a pocket cruiser,but many sharpies will fit into your criteria.Get hold of The Sharpie book by Ruel Parker ; these craft have many attributes that include speed,very shoal draft,trailerable,masts in tabernacles, simplicity,cheap to build or buy,beach able,etc. etc.. I cruised a Bay Hen for a number of years and cruised in many areas here in the Eastern US that few can get to because of the constraints you mention. You will not get standing headroom or Rtw capability, but as always there are compromises.
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How about a MacGregor 26
1' draft and 35' mast height. Motors at over 24 mph.



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Re: Shallow draft

Not sure what sort of cruising you're hoping to do, or what size boat you're hoping for, but our boat's design might fit the bill. It's a Jim Michalak design, the Cormorant -- a 31-foot modified sharpie with water ballast, trailerable. Draws 1 foot with all boards up, needs 2 feet to motor. Mast is in a tabernacle and we can get under 10-foot bridges with mast folded down and mizzen popped out. Probably 24 or 25 feet with mast up. We take it coastal cruising all over the east coast of the US and out to the Bahamas.

Of course the big problem is, if you want one you gotta build it! (Or pay someone to do it.)

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Old 12-01-2013, 07:05   #11
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North Shore Yachts Southerly model. Offshore boat with swing keel can go from 27" to over 6'. Not sure on mast height but several models to choose from. Can even beach it.
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Look at multihulls, especially the trailerable trimarans (F-boats). There are quite a few which will fit your bill
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Corsair 24 trimaran fast,and trailerable
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:25   #14
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After 40 years of "boating" it's only in the past couple of years I've learned what compromises are made for stated requirements involving broad uses, seaworthy, capable of offshore passages, with trailerable and shallow draft are at odds as to design.

I have similar requirements as the OP and found that the Luger 30 meets all three requirements, somewhat. It is billed as the largest trailerable sailboat. 30' @ 8'ish beam, 3' draft and while it may be fine to head off to the Bahamas, it wouldn't be something for transatlantic crossings or the North Atlantic. These boats compare well in comfort motion to more expensive and better known boats. An issue is that these were kit boats and the quality of the build varies greatly to the skills and knowledge of the builder, some made with modifications making a much stronger build and others may have had short cuts in the build by novice builders. One is in South Florida, for sale on Yacht World with a trailer, reportably built by an experienced builder with better modifications.....whatever, it's 15k I believe.

I've not been able to find a boat that does it all exceptionally well.

Thanks to others posting great suggestions, Bolger's Sharpie might be a contender for rivers. A Sharpie probably has the least draft of the monohulls, but will go slap, slap, slap, slap in the chop. Everything is a tradeoff....
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Thanks to all for the replies, especially the complete list, I had looked at the new Presto 30, basically one off at the present time.
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