A daysailer is a small sailboat that’s larger than a dinghy. Widely used for recreation, it’s ideal for beginners who are learning how to sail. Generally 15-25 feet in length, it can sit up to four passengers. It could be single- or double-handed. Unlike dinghies, shifting crew weight is not crucial to stability. Most daysailers lack sleeping accommodations, though some do have berths. There also are some one-designs and daysailers built for racing. Some daysailers can be dragged onto a beach if so desired. Daysailers generally are easy to rig and launch, and can sail in close quarters, such as on a small lake. They typically can be transported via a trailer.
How are Daysailers built?
Most daysailers are monohulls but there are some with multihulls. There was a push for catamarans with speed in the 1970s. Generally speaking, daysailers are made of fiberglass, though some are made of wood, aluminium and carbon-fiber.
What type of engines power Daysailers?
Daysailers, as their name indicates, are propelled partly or entirely by sails. Most also have an engine, usually an outboard or an auxiliary/trolling motor. Engines for daysailers are supplemental items mainly used to take the boat away from a dock or land. Engines also come in handy should the wind die or weather requires a return to the dock or ramp. Daysailers can have fixed keels, centreboards or just kick-up rudders. Speed varies, depending on the specific vessel. Most basic daysailers cruise between 2-6 knots.
What optional equipment is available for Daysailers?
Lack of space limits the amount of accessories on a daysailer. Many include a cuddy for storage. As with all vessels, safety equipment (e.g. life preservers, paddles, flares) are available and required in many locales. A basic toolkit makes sense to tackle any small issues that might arise.