Sailboats Under 20 Feet Provide Fun Adventure on the Sea

Sailboats are an investment that can provide years of enjoyment for you and your friends. They come in multiple sizes and styles with different configurations of sails and riggings. You can find the exact type of preowned sailboat you need listed for sale on eBay at an affordable price.

Types of low-cost small sailboats for sale

Sailboats are classified by their style of sails and rigging and their purpose and use. There are multiple types of sailboats that range in size from small to medium, and these are some of the more common types you will see listed for sale on eBay:

  • Catboat - A catboat has a single mast mounted far forward, does not have a jib, and usually has just one sail. However, some catboats have multiple sails attached to the gaff rig.
  • Dinghy - This type of small sailboat has an open design and has three or fewer sails. It is mainly used for recreational sailing, training, or for servicing a larger boat. Dinghies are commonly used in youth sailing programs because of their simplicity.
  • Sloop - The most common type of modern sailboat is a sloop. This type of sailboat has one mast and two sails, which are typically a Bermuda-rigged mainsail and a headsail. A sloop is efficient at sailing into the wind.
  • Cutter - The cutter is similar to a sloop and has a single mast and mainsail that is positioned further aft to make room for a jib and staysail on the head stay and inner forestay.
  • Yawl - A yawl has a short mizzen mast astern of the rudderpost for balancing.
  • Daysailer - A daysailer or dayboat is a small sailboat that may or may not have sleeping areas. It is larger than a dinghy and can be either monohull or multihull. They often have a small cabin or cuddy to provide minimal shelter.
Do sailboats have motors?

Most sailboats that are between 15 and 20 feet will have a motor on board, but it will not be used very often. Some marinas require sailboats to use motorized entry instead of sails in the marina, so having a motor is a requirement in those situations. A motor can be useful if it is needed for emergencies.

Available brands of sailboats

There are many different companies that make all types of sailboats. These are some of the brands of sailboats under 20 feet you will see often listed for sale on eBay:

  • Catalina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Bavaria
  • Dufour
  • Beneteau
  • Columbia
  • Wayfarer