The Vacationer grew out of the Weekender; people had been asking for a larger model, so we forged ahead. The Vacationer turned out 21' on deck (24' overall), with the same type of shoal draft, full-length keel and clipper bow that worked so well on the Weekender. She has built in camping fixtures and a more rakish cabin than the Weekender. The Vacationer is a pretty good-sized boat, with a nice smooth sailing feel to match.
A Weekender for the whole week.
A lot of little improvements were developed in the earlier Weekender (after the first magazine release), and then incorporated into the later Vacationer. Now that we've re-done the Weekender plans with all these improvements worked back in, the Vacationer is a little redundant for most people. The Weekender does almost everything that the Vacationer can, is far less trouble and expense to build and fit out, and takes up less room. A lot of people are ordering the Vacationer lately, and more power to them, but we prefer the Weekender personally. These caveats aside, the Vacationer is a great boat. The Vacationer is a much larger project than the Weekender, but it also offers more space. The choice is yours, and you may well need (or just want) the extra volume.
The Vacationer has the same type of folding Gaff Rig we use on the Weekender (a larger version, of course!) which really makes launching an easy job.
The Vacationer is an easy boat to motor due to its light weight; a small outboard is all that is needed to get around very dependably.
For being a larger boat, the Vacationer is surprisingly easy to handle. The usual light weight of the monocoque design really helps at this size!
The Vacationer's interior space is spacious, as one would expect from our largest boat. The plans show how we laid out the various amenities, including a stove, sink, cooler, and even a head! (A porta-potty-type head, but it's nice to have!) Some builders choose to change the interior arrangement or even leave the space open for more sleeping area. As you can see from the photo on the right, even with a galley area, there's plenty of room for two people to sleep comfortably.
In these photos, we show a Vacationer with home-made sails, but we do also sell very nice Dacron Sail Sets to really finish off your Vacationer in shipshape style! Click Here
for more information on the Sail Sets!
The Vacationer is a lot of project, but it's also a lot of fun!