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The Ultimate Cruiser, Maine Style
"Using an Ultimate 20 as a cruising sailboat may seem a bit Spartan, but when you start out originally as a canoeist and sea kayaker, or cruising in smaller sailboats, the space in a U20 seems almost luxurious. My home waters (the Penobscot Bay of midcoast Maine) have an abundance of harbors and islands that are ideal for small boat cruising, and my goal each summer is to explore as many of them as possible.
The advantage of a U20 over heavier cruising sailboats is that you can sail most places rather than resorting to a motor, an unfortunately not uncommon occurrence in a fully loaded cruising sailboat. A lighter sport boat will not handle heavy weather as well as a full keel cruiser, but you can keep an eye on the weather forecast and head for a secure harbor in strong winds."
(Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 3, 2004 )
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