We just bought an older, much loved motorsailor, a Banjer 37, built in Holland
, outfitted in Stanhope England
and sailed, ultimately to San Francisco
Bay. I've tried to post a picture of her but it is apparently not working, so here is a link to our owners club site:
Banjer 37 Motorsailer Club
Mine is the individual boat know as DaKine, we've renamed Rendezvous.
We bought her for her salty looks, in addition to what we wanted in a boat, a double ender, room inside for us to stand and sleep, I am 6'2", wife 6', and interior steering
. My memories of sail SF Bay
was being cold and wet as often as not.
Have no comments on her handling, we've spent the whole time we've owned her scrubbing and dealing with ships systems. However, with a sail area displacement
in the high single
digits, the sails
are mostly for steadying. A sister ship in SF tell us that they do sail "OK" in our usual weather
, small craft advisory conditions.
Our two trips, first from Alameda to her new dock
on the San Rafael Canal, and second to Sausalito have had her perform as expected for crew comfort and handling the bay chop.
The early Fishers looked nearly identical to the Banjer, but have continued development, especially in the sailing capacity, and indeed, from 1972 Banjer offered the Transoceanic rig, which brought the sail area up with taller masts and a double head
sail. The sail area displacement
ratio for these is double digits.