Ranking Top New Pocket Cruisers and Daysailers of 2022:
True to its name, Cruising World Magazine gives out an annual award for the best pocket cruiser / daysailer. In competition this year were 27 different boats looking to be recognized as the best in their market.
In an unusually competitive year for pocket cruisers and daysailers, the team of independent judges were put to the task of deciding between three hot vessels: the Tartan 245, the J/9, and the Beneteau First 27.
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The Tartan 245 was intentionally rigged to enable students to practice more fine-tuning and racing operations on a small scale.
In contrast, the J/9 positioned itself for unadulterated enjoyment of an afternoon of stress-free sailing. She boasts a cockpit that’s plenty long to sleep in (see picture for scale) yet thoughtfully managed to enable ease of sailing.
Below was a smaller cabin with room for an open V-berth, opposing settees, a marine head, and space for a small portable cookstove and cooler.
Beneteau First 27
With the J/9 and the Tartan 245 fitting nicely into their respective niches, the third boat looked to sail away with Cruising World’s award for best daysailer pocket cruiser of 2022. The Beneteau First 27 is a race-ready sport cruiser, delivering thrilling performance in a comfortable, well finished package.
This boat was originally named the Seascape 27 but has been revamped by Beneteau into an award winner.
Respectable in all capacities, the First 27 boasts a nicely proportioned cockpit of her own. A large and open cockpit welcomes you with comfortable benches, a removable indoor/outdoor table and a swim ladder with a shower on the stern. The First 27 cockpit is designed with versatility to give sailors the option to comfortably sit inside or on top of the cockpit.
With a surprisingly large cabin below, the First 27 can sleep up to 6 adults, with 2 in the bow cabin and up to 4 in the openly spaced salon.
Thanks to innovative, foldable magnetic doors, the midsection can be converted into a proper marine toilet with a black water tank or used as a front cabin extension.
In the end, it was the little things that swayed the judges. “The fit-and-finish for the price point is at a different level,” judge Gerry Douglas said. “The equipment level was higher.”
Reviewing Best New Daysailers of 2022:
Tartan 245 vs. J/9:
The Tartan 245 was originally conceived as a training boat for sailing schools. J/Boat’s J/9 is an unabashed daysailer, meant to provide exciting spins around the harbor, even under mainsail alone.
Tartan 245 vs. Beneteau First 27:
Obviously, the Tartan is smaller, and more geared towards an afternoon sail or instructional sailing. Meanwhile, the First 27 has a roomier and more finished cabin, a serviceable head, galley and berths, and a Yanmar diesel. and multiple places for crew or a family to sleep below. A couple could easily liveaboard for short periods of time, as well as expect to seriously compete in regattas.
J/9 vs. Beneteau First 27:
The two boats compete on purpose, with the J/9 being geared towards sailors who want to relax and enjoy time on the water by themselves or with family and the Beneteau First 27 being a versatile sport cruiser capable of competitive racing as well as some live-aboard accommodations.
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With the J/9 and the Tartan 245 fitting nicely into their respective niches, the third boat looked to sail away with Cruising World’s award for best daysailer pocket cruiser of 2022. The Beneteau First 27 proved to be a race-ready sport cruiser, delivering thrilling performance in a comfortable, well finished package.