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9 Small Sailboats Under 30 Ft We Love

Our editorial staff selected 9 small sailboats under 30′ from all over the world. Today small sailboats have electronics for navigation and entertainment, an engine for light wind and accomodations to sleep onboard. Which is your preferred one between these 9 small sailboats?

Albin Vega 27

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  • Hull Type: Long fin keel
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 1″ / 8.25m
  • Waterline Length: 23′ 0″ / 7.01m
  • Beam: 8′ 1″ / 2.46m
  • Draft: 3′ 8″ / 1.12m
  • Rig Type: Masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 5,070lb / 2,300kg
  • Designer: Per Brohall
  • Builder: Albin Marine AB (Sweden)
  • Year First Built: 1965
  • Year Last Built: 1979
  • Number Built: 3,450

Alpin Ballad 

Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type: Fin with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 29′ 11″ / 9.12m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 7″ / 6.88m
  • Beam: 9′ 8″ / 2.95m
  • Draft: 5′ 1″ / 1.55m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 7,276lb / 3,300kg
  • Designer: Rolf Magnusson
  • Builder: Albin Marine (Sweden)
  • Year First Built: 1971
  • Year Last Built: 1982
  • Number Built: 1500

Bristol 24

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  • Hull Type: Long Keel
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 24′ 6″ / 7.5m
  • Waterline Length: 18′ 1″ / 5.5m
  • Beam: 8′ 0″ / 2.4m
  • Draft: 3′ 5″ / 1.0m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 5,920lb / 2,685kg
  • Designer: Paul Coble
  • Builder: Bristol Yachts inc (US)
  • Year First Built: 1969
  • Year Last Built: 1972
  • Number Built: 800

Contessa 28

Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type: fin keel with spade rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 8″ / 8.43m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 0″ / 6.71m
  • Beam: 9′ 5″ / 2.87m
  • Draft: 4′ 10″ / 1.47m
  • Rig Type: Masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 6,970lb / 3,162kg
  • Designer: Doug Peterson
  • Builder: Jeremy Rogers
  • Year First Built: 1977

Dufour 29

  • Hull Type: Fin with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 29′ 4″ / 8.94m
  • Waterline Length: 25′ 1″ / 7.64m
  • Beam: 9′ 8″ / 2.95m
  • Draft: 5′ 3″ / 1.60m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 7,250lb / 3,289kg
  • Designer: Michael Dufour
  • Builder: Dufour (France)
  • Year First Built: 1975
  • Year Last Built: 1984

Great Dane 28

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  • Hull Type: Long keel with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 28′ 0″ / 8.5m
  • Waterline Length: 21′ 4″ / 6.5m
  • Beam: 8′ 2″ / 2.5m
  • Draft: 4′ 6″ / 1.4m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 8,500lb / 3,856kg
  • Designer: Aage Utzon in conjunction with Klaus Baess
  • Builder: Klauss Baess, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Year First Built: 1965
  • Year Last Built: 1989
  • Number Built: 300

Sabre 27

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  • Hull Type: Fin and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall: 27′ 0″ / 8.2m
  • Waterline Length: 22′ 2″ / 6.8m
  • Beam: 9′ 0″ / 2.7m
  • Draft: 4′ 6″ / 1.4m
  • Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement: 6,800lb / 3,084kg
  • Designer: Alan Hill
  • Builder: Marine Construction Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built: 1969
  • Year Last Built: 1979
  • Number Built: 400

Twister 28

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  • Hull Type: Long keel with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall: 28′ 3″ / 8.6m
  • Waterline Length: 21′ 6″ / 6.6m
  • Beam: 8′ 1″ / 2.5m
  • Draft: 5′ 0″ / 1.5m
  • Rig Type: masthead sloop
  • Displacement: 9,968lb / 4,521kg
  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Uphams (UK) and Tyler (UK)
  • Year First Built: 1964
  • Year Last Built: 1983
  • Number Built: 200

Westerly 22

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Photo Yachtworld
  • Hull Type:~ Bilge keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 22′ 3″ / 6.8m
  • Waterline Length:~ 18′ 4″ / 5.6m
  • Beam:~ 7′ 6″ / 2.3m
  • Draft:~ 2′ 3″ / 0.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 4,150lb / 1,429kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.95
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 228
  • Designer:~ Denis Rayner
  • Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1963
  • Year Last Built:~ 1967
  • Number Built:~ 332

2 Comments

  1. WTH?!? why there is no boat which started it all? Pearson Triton 1959 first GRP production boat? many circumnavigated I with mine singlehandedly crossed Atlantic few times.

    1. And no Westsail 28? :O who made this list must do better homework! ! your list is garbage!

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