You can pick up an old Buccaneer 24 for about $1,000 to $2,000. I assume with the kids
, comfort and space are more important than racing
ability. My old '76 Buc had a V berth, a mini V berth for 2kids under 4, and a second double berth under the cockpit
. Mine was a 1976, made before Bayliner bought out the original Buccaneer company. It was well designed, well made, and had no blisters
. Some are available with trailers.
Its 32 inch draft
can get you close to shore, and it is pretty stable to sail. There is a sink and stove, and a small head
enclosure. The U shaped table will accommodate your whole brood. If you want a floating cottage that also sails
, a Buc 24 is a good choice.
There are many who will badmouth the Buccaneers, but they are long on comfort and space, and sail fairly well, though they don't point very high. Most who have owned them have warm memories of them. They are an entry level boat that won't bankrupt you.
The Catalinas are better sailing boats, but will cost a bit more, and have a bit less space. As a single
man, I would definitely choose the Catalina
22, but with a family
of 5, the Buccaneer is a good choice.
There were a lot of them built, and I see them regularly on Craig's list.