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A pocket cruiser is a sailboat designed for recreational cruising and club racing, under 30 feet (9 m) in length.[1]

Like the similar and usually smaller trailer sailer, they have design features such as light weight and short ballasted retractable shoal draft keels that allow them to be towed by passenger vehicles.

Being cruisers, they also include amenities that provide the comfort of larger boats, such as a cabin, with berths, a galley, a head, and cockpit.

Properly equipped, these style boats are capable of long offshore passages,[2] as proven by circumnavigators Eric and Susan Hiscock, Lin and Larry Pardey, and Tania Aebi, among others.

The term was coined in the 1970s as fiberglass sailing yacht building took off.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Best Pocket Cruiser Sailboats, Small Cruising Boats". Cruising World. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Popular Cruiser Yachts under 30 feet (9.1m) Long Overall". Sailboat Cruising. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  3. ^ Sailing, Blue Water (12 March 2019). "Pocket Cruisers That Sail Far". Blue Water Sailing. Retrieved 12 June 2019.