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Hunter 23 is a 23 ′ 3 ″ / 7.1 m monohull sailboat designed by Hunter Marine and built by Hunter Marine between 1985 and 1992.

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Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
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This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

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Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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Surely one of the most popular and versatile midget racers of the modern era, this Mull design has devotees all over the land. You can get them cheap, and cruise 'em, too.

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Designed by Californian Gary Mull in 1971, the Ranger 23 was influenced by the Junior Offshore Group (JOG), a forerunner of the Midget Ocean Racing Club (MORC, which evolved to MORA, which is now nearly extinct as an association). MORA rules provided designers, builders, and performance-oriented sailors with a venue in which many of the most mannerly, small-sized performance cruisers of the time could compete on a near-level playing field.

At the time, Jack Jensen, founder of Jensen Marine, was enjoying great success building Cal boats and making race history with the Cal 40 and Cal 27. However, to appeal to East Coast buyers, he formed Ranger Yachts (which actually were built in Costa Mesa, California), and commissioned Mull to design the new lines. Mull’s star was on the rise at the time, partially because of the success of the Santana 22, which he considered one of his most successful, and favorite, creations.

Ranger 23

Cal and Ranger were eventually sold to Bangor Punta in 1973, and production of Cal boats was moved to Florida. A victim of a downturn in the industry, the Ranger line folded in 1978. In 1983, Bangor Punta sold both companies to Lear Siegler, shortly before their complete demise.

The company built six Rangers in sizes ranging from 22 to 37 feet.

The R-23 had an excellent production run, with 739 hulls built between 1971 and 1978. The boat is a sporty looker whose design is as appealing 30 years after her launch as when introduced. She carries a high-aspect sailplan and presents a fine bow entry and racy lines, especially compared to her contemporaries. Viewed from abeam, she appears proportionately shapely with a smoothly rising sheer, visually appealing cabintop, and long, narrow ports that hint at performance. Though not designed to meet a measurement rule, her lines were influenced by the CCA and, eventually, IOR racing rules.

In a lengthy epistle evaluating the boat, penned for the R-23 owners association shortly prior to death in 1993, Mull described the design as being “a little ship capable of sailing anywhere in the world safely, and swiftly.”

Her sailplan was the subject of many changes. Of the mast, Mull wrote, “In those days I was able to design each of the masts for Rangers for specific designs rather than having to pick from stock extrusions.” The same held true for chainplates, spreader roots, and mastheads.

Though offered with a rig designed to sail in the prevailing 15-20 knot Pacific northwesterlies, a tall rig was offered for sailors in light-air regions. In its standard configuration, the mast stood 27.7 feet above the deck. The tall rig added two feet to its height, with a corresponding increase in sail area.

Eventually, “when the IOR was introduced, we produced a revised plan with a shorter mainsail foot to qualify for the Quarter Ton class.” The boat sailed with some success in this class.

The single set of spreaders on the beefy, deck-stepped masthead rig are supported by 3/16″, 1×19 stainless steel headstay and upper shroud, and 5/32″, 1×19 backstay and lower shroud. A typical comment among long-time owners is that the rig is overbuilt; no failures have been reported by owners responding to a PS survey.

The deck-stepped mast “was a consequence of wanting a clear access through the interior.” While accomplishing that objective, the design compromises the amount of compression an owner can develop on stays while attempting to improve sail shape.

Underwater appendages are “standard trapezoidal profiles with standard NACA sections.” The keel carries 1,500 pounds of lead ballast. The spade rudder is mounted on a stainless steel rudder post. Owners describe the boat as providing excellent windward performance, and typically carry a 150% genoa with a full mainsail until breezes exceed 15-18 knots.

“On deck our concept is most noticeable because it has a proper cockpit with coamings, seats, and all. We were designing a boat for the occasional day or weekend sail, and a boat that could be taken to sea for extended periods.” She’ll seat four in relative comfort, even with a tiller occupying the center of the footwell.

“We didn’t feel compelled to offer standing headroom as we were fairly certain that the owners were smart enough to sleep lying down and would probably have the good sense to sit down when they went below for a meal. We also assumed that people making long passages in a boat of this size would probably be pretty good friends, and sited the head where it would be convenient and stable, though not so private as might be appropriate for a larger boat.”

There’s 5’6″ of headroom in the cabin, and 6’6″ settees that convert to berths. Creature comforts include a tilt-away dinette table, and a 25-pound icebox that doubles as a companionway step.

The galley, located at the junction of the saloon and V-berth, is, of course, pretty minimal. It consists of a sink located to port, optional two-burner alcohol stove to starboard, two drawers, and a storage cubby. (Note that in the accommodations drawing below, from the original sales brochure, the stove and sink appear on sides opposite where they ended up.)

Again in Mull’s words, “We didn’t even have, let alone feel compelled to offer, three- and four-burner gas stoves with oven and lighting system. We figured that one-dish meals and a pot of coffee made much more sense for a boat of this size.”

That’s certainly true—the set-up will allow good sleeping and just enough civilized eating during a long coastal passage to keep the crew content (as long as they’re within a day or two of a sheltered anchorage, a shower, and a meal ashore).

Ranger 23

Space in the bow is occupied by a V-berth that provides a 6’2″ sleeping area and two dressers. The toilet was originally a self-contained “Handihead” with four-gallon capacity and waste discharge. One owner who replaced the original told us that the space is large enough for a more modern appliance.

Mull’s concept of light camping accommodations stands in contrast to Bill Crealock’s vision for the Dana 24 (PS December 2001), a beamier, significantly heavier, more crewfriendly yacht with an enclosed head that Crealock envisioned as carrying a crew of two around the world in “safety and comfort.”

The idea of extended cruising in a boat less than about 30 feet isn’t appealing to some sailors, but it can be great fun, as long as everyone gets along and there are good routines in place for how to move around the boat and do things in harmony.

This Ranger is spacious enough for sailing and sleeping with, say, a couple and two kids on short cruises, notwithstanding the lack of privacy.

Construction The hull and deck were designed using what were then considered state-of-the-art methods. Mull said that his initial agreement with Jensen included wide latitude in stipulating construction materials and methods, and that Ranger Yachts would provide quality production. In this case, the West Coast designer-builder combination works to the advantage of owners, since boats were expected to withstand higher stresses encountered on the Pacific near San Francisco than those in Southern California or the Chesapeake, for instance.

Interestingly, the most common shortcomings in the construction of the boats are caused by adhesives used to bond major components. Though the best available at the time, they pale by today’s standards.

Built during the adolescence of the fiberglass era, the hull and deck were constructed using Lloyd’s Provisional Rules for GRP vessels. Lloyd’s formula specified use of an all chopped mat structure; Ranger laid up alternating layers of mat and woven roving in the hull.

The deck was a sandwiched balsa core laminate employing a honeycomb method developed by Hexcel Corporation. At the time, Hexcel was cutting a wide swath in the Alpine skiing community with a similar laminate that produced lighter, stronger skis. Today’s boats are constructed with lighter, unidirectional fabrics; nonetheless, Ranger’s methods produced sturdy sections. Bulkheads were bonded to the hull, and the interior is a fiberglass pan.

An annual inspection by owners or thorough survey by potential buyers should be made of the mast step, hull-deck joint, keel bolts, and chainplates, as Mull noted.

A by-product of the attempt to produce creature comforts is that the mast step “is probably the biggest source of grief,” Mull wrote. That’s not a desirable trait in a boat advertised as being fit for offshore work, though not a fatal flaw.

The mast step is a 6061-T6 aluminum fabrication with fasteners connected to the deck structure intended to be bedded in flexible waterproof bedding compound. “Unfortunately,” said Mull, “the bedding compound on many boats has become dry and brittle and water can find its way through the bolt hole in the deck core.” A by-product might be soggy balsa or, in the worst case, rot.

Ranger 23

In extreme cases, the fix involves removing the mast step columns and affected areas and replacing deck core with a new beam and laminate. Though more than a minor inconvenience, the problem would not prevent us from considering the purchase of a boat with this ailment.

Failures of adhesives and the large number of bolts installed through the toerail at the hull-deck joint also may produce leaks. In a worst-case scenario it would be necessary to remove the toerail and stanchions, elevate the deck from the hull, remove the old adhesive, and replace it with today’s materials. No small chore.

Similar problems may occur with chainplates that have been neglected for extended periods of time. Many owners report the need to rebed chainplates every couple of years. Not surprisingly, that predicament is still encountered by the owners of many newer, production boats.

Finally, leaks through ballast bolts have been reported by some owners. Mull’s recommended fix was a re-bed of keel and bolts with an elastic bedding compound to alleviate stress created by movement at the hull-keel joint.

Performance Since her deck layout is as simple as the boat is small, she’s easy to sail single- or doublehanded, and race with a crew of three.

Standard gear included external mainsail and jib halyards, Barient winches on the mast and in the cockpit, and Schaefer sail track, blocks, and cleats. Retrofitting additional halyards is as simple as adding external blocks at the masthead or, for the more sophisticated, adding sheaves and running halyards inside the mast. Safety gear includes bow and stern pulpits and 24″ tall stanchions fitted with a single lifeline.

A split backstay and racing package with spinnaker gear were the only options offered initially.

Computer-generated polar predictions indicate that the 23 stacks up well against similar-sized boats through a range of wind angles and wind speeds. As for top-end jets, as Mull said, “There’s no such thing as maximum hull speed,” except a theoretical rule of thumb that may apply to powering on flat water. In that environment, he predicted a boatspeed of 5.5 knots. In 10 knots of breeze under the same conditions, speed would fall in a range of 4 to 6 knots. Once the boat gets out in more wind or bigger waves, the hull begins to plane and surf; at that point the boat can cover a lot of distance between breakfast and suppertime—and it makes the racing exciting.

Conclusions It would be nice to see Ranger 23s organized again into one-design fleets all over the land, but in any case it’s good to know they’re out there racing PHRF, and that, like greyhounds retired from the rabbit-chase at the racetrack, they do well as family friends.

The R-23 can be considered a legitimate cruising boat, within the obvious physical limits of a short waterline and small quarters. To expand a bit on what was said earlier, small, simple boats like this can be ideal “express campers” for young families and couples. They can be bought for little money, fixed up as much or as little as wallet and skills allow, and don’t cost much to keep around.

Despite the Ranger’s age, it benefits from being designed on the cusp of an era when traditional, full-keeled cruisers were being replaced by sloops with more modern underbodies and appendages that produced significant improvements in performance. The hull and major structures are sound, aside from the aforementioned problems associated with adhesives that have deteriorated.

These Rangers were built before the day when vinylester resin was used in hull laminates, and some owners report the presence of dime-sized blisters that require inspection or repair. The boat does not have a reputation of suffering from chronic deficiencies that demand total bottom replacements.

Given a thorough survey, we think the R-23 would be a great candidate for a couple or family who might be new to the sport, or who are stepping up from a dinghy or daysailor. The boat was offered for $5,450 in 1971. Expect to pay $3,500 up to as much as $10,000 for a used boat, depending upon condition—if you can find one.

Arvel Gentry, the Boeing engineer who rocked the world of sailing decades ago with the facts about foils, lift, fluid circulation, and what makes sailboats go, maintains the Ranger 23 Owners and Class Association at www.ranger23.com.

Also With This Article Click here to view “Used Boat Price HistoryRanger 23 (1972 model).” Click here to view “Owner’s Comments.”

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Stone Horse 23

  • By Ginny Walters
  • Updated: April 7, 2006

23 ft sailboat

Sam Crocker designed the Stone Horse 23 in 1931 in the tradition of the small working vessels that evolved along the New England coast during the days of sail. In 1968, Edey & Duff adapted it to fiberglass but retained both the performance and beauty of the original. My husband, octogenarian retiree Dick Walters, is completely captivated by the boat’s classic lines, generous nature, and quick response to a light touch-he has his dream daysailer. Our Impetuous, hull number 44, was built in 1974. The last Stone Horse, number 150, was built in 1995.

Technically a sloop with two headsails, the Stone Horse, with its large mainsail, moves in the merest whisper of a breeze while the long keel holds it on course and facilitates self-steering. The boat is safe, kicky, and a sheer delight even in high-wind conditions that leave other boats at their moorings. The 8-foot cockpit welcomes guests and stays dry.

The mahogany-trimmed cabin has sitting headroom and enough space for an afternoon nap, or even for several days of cruising. Accommodations include two molded “easy chairs,” a roomy V-berth, a portapotty, an icebox, a butane stove, a sink, and a wood-burning stove with a Charlie Noble.

We replaced the original 5-horsepower Westerbeke with a new Yanmar 10-horsepower diesel. (Some boats were fitted with BMW diesels, for which parts are harder to find.) We carry a jug of diesel fuel to supplement the 3-gallon tank fitted in the cockpit.

Initially, the running rigging takes some getting used to. There are no winches; various blocks and purchases provide the mechanical advantage. A copy of the original rigging instructions, as well as other assistance, can be obtained from the Stone Horse owners group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/stonehorsesloop).

The single design improvement we made was to fit a Hoyt Jib Boom to the staysail, replacing the club, which had a tendency to rise and twist when sailing off the wind. When the sheet is eased, the Hoyt boom, obtained from Forespar (949-858-8820, www.forespar. com), maintains precise control of the staysail leech, improving dramatically both the sail’s trim and the boat’s performance. We’re confident that the late Sam Crocker would approve of this arrangement. Asking prices for Stone Horses run from about $20,000 to $35,000. A recently established bonus of Stone Horse ownership is the lively Yahoo group through which owners exchange ideas and offer information. A reunion every summer at Edey & Duff’s shop in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, provides an opportunity to meet these Internet friends in person.

In the last 30 years, we’ve explored much of North America’s eastern and western coasts and most major lakes in between. These days, our Stone Horse allows us to relax while poking around the islands and bays on our mountain-girdled home waters of Lake Champlain, where her classic lines, wooden spars, bowsprit, and boomkin are fittingly eye-catching.

Ginny Walters is a longtime CW contributor.

STONE HORSE

LOA 23′ 4″ (7.11 m.) LWL 18′ 4″ (5.59 m.) Beam 7′ 1″ (2.16 m.) Draft 3′ 6″ (1.07 m.) Sail Area 339 sq. ft. (31.5 sq. m.) Ballast 2,000 lb. (907 kg.) Displacement 4,490 lb. (2,037 kg.) Ballast/D .45 D/L 325 SA/D 19.9 Water 11 gal. (42 l.) Fuel 3 gal. (11 l.) Engine Westerbeke 7-hp. diesel Designer S. S. Crocker

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Having dinghy sailor for the past couple of years I want to move up to a 23ft sailboat. Any suggestions welcome on the best one to go for? Thanks Link to commercial webpage removed. Jeff_H Sailnet Moderator  

There isn't much to go on here. Budget, intended use, mid to long term plan, etc. If you are working your way up the food chain and can go a touch bigger, the Colgate 26 is designed to have all the sail systems of a coastal cruiser. The USNA uses them for training, I believe. p.s. What does this have to do with cruising with children?  

Check out the Beneteau 235. They were made in the mid to late 80s and are a fun boat with decent weekend accomodations for a small family. Our first boat was a 1987 235 which we picked over the competition once we saw all it had to offer. A very nice plus was it's overall sailing characteristics. There's one on yachtworld located in Florida but it's in rough shape with the headliner and bulkhead covers delaminating. The pics will give you an idea of what they're like below decks though. Funny the asking price remains about what they were 15 years ago. Good luck with your search.  

O'Day 23 I have owned a 79 O'Day 23 since 1989 and found it roomy enough for week long cruises around Narragansett Bay or to Block Island with three of our children. Initially they all fit in the V berth, but there is room for five with the double and single in the main cabin. Sinks and stoves slide out of the way when not in use and the cockpit was large enough for five or six when sailing. The drop down table was large enough to handle meals and the main cabin comfortable when all were below. It was and still is the only boat I have owned and sailed so I will not try to rate it against other boats. We bought the boat then learned to sail it (OJT). I was always comfortable in seas under 4 or 5 feet and breezes under twenty knots although we did have a few "fire drills" that we survived without a scratch to crew or boat. The O'Day has a keel/centerboard combination that only draws 27" of water depending on how it is loaded so some of my best sails have been around Point Judith Pond away from the busier channels. I bought the boat for $3000 back in 89. It was in excellent condition and still is as it has not been in the water every season recently. The topsides have a few small cracks and the teak rails are close to replacement. I am still using the original sails (main, jib, 150 genoa, and a spinaker that has never been out of the bag). Good Luck.  

There are lots of options, but it depends on your expected budget and your intended usage. A Ranger 23 is a great little boat, if you need overnight accommodations. A Sonar would be fine for daysailing. A J22 is quicker, with modest accommodations.  

If you can live with something slightly smaller (or bigger) take a look at the Catalina 22 or 25. Lots of them about at a reasonable price. Good luck.  

+1 Catalina 22. They are reasonably priced, ready to sail between $2500 to $5000 & trailerable. There are many racing fleets as well, depending on area.  

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I'm going to second the Beneteau 235.  

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I have a thought for you to throw into the mix. Our first boat that we bought to learn to sail on was a Columbia 26. Although we knew we would only have it for a short while so we could learn and the upgrade, we learned a lot on her. One thing I noted, but this is more specific to rougher waters on the ocean, is that the tiller could swing around if it slipped our of your hand. There was a time here and there when it hit me in the ribs and it hurt. If I had small kids and I were going to be on anything but a lake, I would want a boat with a wheel. Just my thoughts.  

Bruce, Don't lock yourself into a length but into the function. I'm new to sailing too and happened to buy the perfect boat for us . . . by accident. Things to look for. 1) Displacement - Can you tow it? (Add the weight of the trailer) 2) Draft - Can YOU launch it? Or do you need a marina and $500. 3) Keel/board type - Can you beach it or do you have to stay in 6' of water? 4) Will you be cruising with it? How many berths? (for how many births) 5) What type of head do you require? Is a porta-pottie in the middle of the cabin OK? I suggest picking up a copy of "The Complete Trailer Sailor" by Brian Gilbert (or something similar.) Even if you won't be trailering he has reviews, specs, comparisons and sketches (or photos) of about 50 sailboats, 16' to 28', all trailerable. It will help you with selecting the function and the look. For instance, Seward 26 (or 32) is the perfect functional boat, but I just don't care for the look of it. My dream boat (don't laugh) is a 1986 Catalina 27. Except, she isn't trailerable. Anyway, good luck on you search and have fun. Don  

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Best Pocket Cruiser 23ft or under?

  • Thread starter henrynlouisville
  • Start date Apr 15, 2009
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Hello Experts, I am going to purchase a pocket cruiser at 23ft or under. My budget is $10,000 after all the haggling is over. I am a novice at sailboats but an expert with the Local River and powerboats. I have been sailing as a kid on sunfish, hobbiecat, and an old O’day. I am going to take my wife and 3yr old girl out on it. On occasion I am going to take a few in-laws. I will probably overnight once or twice a year. The wind is light here in Louisville’s Ohio River valley. Geez...this forum is huge. I am having a hard time finding suggestions. What I’m looking for are suggestions of brands and models that I can research. I am the typical non-sailor that is currently looking at a 1994 Catalina 22 to 10K. I know that this is a fine boat for my needs but I really like nice things. I prefer to research and purchase faster, easier, better built boats…and maybe pay more OR go a little older to get it. I would really like more cabin than a true racer and I need comfortable seats for the older family members. I’m not sure if I will ever actually race but I know I don’t want a dog. Single handing the boat is a major factor. So please…give me some short opinions on the Catalina 22, Beneteau 235, or similar sailboat that is around 1985 model or newer. I really need suggestions of brands and models that I can research. • 23ft or under • Trailerable with retractable or wing keel • Around $10,000 or less • Able to single-hand • Overnight accommodations • Comfortable • Not a dog • Good build quality • Seat four adults in cockpit Thank You Very Much. Your time and comments are GREATLY appreciated!  

How about a Com-Pac 23,I think you could find one in your range and is a better value than the catalina 22 im my opinion,the bennie 235 is a fine boat but more on the performance side rather than a cruiser. Nathan  

48dodge

A good book to read that might give you a good idea on some trailerables is Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat by Jerry Cardwell. Also, if your budget is $10K, you may want to save a little bit of that money for outfitting it and initial expenses. All sorts of good boats around that size for that money.  

Chris Blubaugh

Take a look at Precision sailboats. Both a 21 and 23-foot model are available - but you should consider what your tow vehicle can handle and add up the weight of boat, trailer, accessories and passengers you intend to have... Are you familiar with Strictly Sail, in Cincinnati? You can look them up on the web and see what they have in-stock. Not too far from where you are, I think (2 hrs). Good luck!  

Broke sailor SV Marcell

Broke sailor SV Marcell

Pacific Seacraft Flika or a Lyle Hess Falmouth Cutter. The best small boats made.  

Steve W (NY)

I think you will like a Catalina 22 just fine. They aren't fast, but they aren't slow either. They trailer well. Broke Sailor must have missed the trailering requirement. The Precisions are good, but with a budget of 10,000, you are going to be tight. I'd get a C22, and sail it for a few years. Your mind may change, and you'll be unloading the most poular 22 footer ever built. I've sailed on a lot of boats, and a C22 with a pop top and a swing keel is the most bang for the buck ever made, when sailed in conditions it was designed for. Take Care, Steve  

Ron20324

I was looking at 25-foot boats, but when I looked at the Beneteau 235 I was hooked on the smaller size. I'd say the Beneteau 235 is the boat for you. A great performer, has a marine head, aluminum toe rail (with holes), and big deck cleats like you will not find on Catalina's. There is a terrific 235 owner's web site. Nice quarterberth, and with the filler in the vee, it's bigger than you'll find on larger boats. The Beneteau company has a good parts web page. An extra long shaft Honda 8 pushed the boat nicely. I added shore power, which was a good addition. I think 92 was the last year they made them.  

look into a rhodes 22 they can be over priced but a good one could be had around 10k....check out website google rhodes22 general boats...cheers frank  

higgs

Forget the Flicka or the Falmoth Cutter. Both are fine boats but will be a waste of money unless you are going offshore ocean. Do not, under any circumstances, spend the 10k you are considering on a C22. If you go with a recognized builder you can, in your price range, find some very nice boats and many that will fit your needs for 5k or less. If you are looking to spend 10k, I would suggest looking 25 to 30 ft.  

sailingdog

Broke Sailor said: Pacific Seacraft Flika or a Lyle Hess Falmouth Cutter. The best small boats made. Click to expand

sailormanbigd

sailormanbigd

gotta chime in. The term "pocket cruiser" does'nt really fit your criteria, namely fast-but not a racer. I think you pretty much describe the Catalina 22, Hunter 23 (the wing keeled version sails pretty fast nd feels like a bigger boat in my opinion. I agree wqith not spending 10k on initial purchase. Maybe 5-6k and leave 4k for all the goodies you will think you need later, say auto pilot, killer sound system, new canvass bimini, new sails-they make it go faster and look good, etc, etc. You did'nt say you were gonna bluewater the boat so stay away from the full keelers. The swing keel boats are more tender but are easy to trailer, launch, retrieve and almost beachable with the board up. Just about anything under 27ft should be ok to single hand.  

higgs said: Forget the Flicka or the Falmoth Cutter. Both are fine boats but will be a waste of money unless you are going offshore ocean. Do not, under any circumstances, spend the 10k you are considering on a C22. If you go with a recognized builder you can, in your price range, find some very nice boats and many that will fit your needs for 5k or less. If you are looking to spend 10k, I would suggest looking 25 to 30 ft. Click to expand

hey Henry, the link of the 22 looks good but alot unsaid. What added items besides sails does it have, vhf, gps, extra winches, stereo, anchors, boarding lader, etc. These things add up real fast-REAL fast. I know your not going cheap but something else to consider. Just cuz it might have a vhf for example does'nt mean it is a "current technology" radio with all the new features. You can easily spend thousands for new cool stuff if boat is not already current.  

hey henry, i forgot to address your last question. There is always a bigger boat you might wish you had gotten instead-BUT-bigger is not always better! It cost more for parts/repair, is harder to trailer, step mast, launch, handle, etc, etc. There is a point where the extra "WORK" of a bigger boat makes it less fun to go sailing, and can even cause you to not go for the amount of work involved, especially if you intend to "dry" sail her-launch from trailer and reload when done sailing. Just my opinion.  

Stu Jackson

Stu Jackson

henrynlouisville said: The only thing that concerns me is that most sailors that I have talked to say go with at least a 25'. "you wont be happy with the 22' for long". Is there a lot of merit with this? Click to expand

Capt. Kermie

Capt. Kermie

henrynlouisville said: I love this comment! Your right...should spend less to see if I like sailing. Here is a nice example: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1987/Catalina-Pop-Top-1971814/Muskegon/MI/United-States The only thing that concerns me is that most sailors that I have talked to say go with at least a 25'. "you wont be happy with the 22' for long". Is there a lot of merit with this ? Click to expand

BobM

I am assuming that the $10K includes the trailer. This is a key point as a decent trailer can double the price of a boat alone and the quality of the trailer is an important factor in easy of launch / retrieval. The trailer should be in good condition, a good fit for the boat and have an extended tongue for launching. Look at some boats because you are going to find significant differences in boats in this size range, in my opinion. There are a ton of 80's Hunter 23's out there in your price range, but it has a pretty big stick and the wing keel will make launching on some ramps a challenge. Don't underestimate how much fun raising/lowering a good sized mast will be, especially if you plan to raise and lower it often. Don't get me wrong...it can be done and has been done by many folk on this site...my Wife wouldn't deal with the added "fun and enjoyment" well though. If you want a family friendly boat something with heavier displacement like a Chrysler 22 or O'day 23 may also suit you. Personally in a boat this size I'd prefer a swing keel or keel /enterboard for ease of loading and good performance when the keel / board is down. The relatively short stick on the O'day will be easier to deal with too and it is a big boat for its LOA. For newer boats the water ballasted Hunter 23.5 which is right around $10K now for a mid 90's boat. There is also a larger model (26) if you get the itch for more space (but bigger boat = more work). Both are roomy with centerboards. The Rhodes 22 has something that a lot of boats in this size range may lack...an enclosed head (O'day has one too, I beleive). An enclosed head is VERY likely to be high on the admiral's list and even your 3 year olds. If you want newer and faster the Precision 23 is a good option, but I thought I had read that it may be a challenging boat for a beginner. If you want to maintain flexibility a Macgregor power sailor may also be a good option. Have fun, Bob  

JerryA

I know you said 23 or less, but don't rule out a Hunter 240. I looked at one that sailed in your area on the river before buying my P23. You might have a hard time finding one under $10k though, but in this economy bargins are out there. JerryA  

Scott T-Bird

Scott T-Bird

Precision may be your best choice ... It sounds like you are looking for better performance. Spend only half (or less) of your $10 K on the boat and allocate the rest for upgrades such as sails, hardware to set up the boat the way you like it (you'll soon figure out what your desires are) and maintenance projects. If your budget is tight, don't underestimate the costs involved in maintaining a slip or mooring and winter storage. Trailerable will serve you well in your location but gets tiresome quickly (especially for your wife and kids). You'll soon want to keep it in the water so that your trailering adventures are only occasional. If you can't find a Precision for that price (because they are newer) you can look at Starwinds which have the same designer (Jim Taylor - who also designs Sabres) but were built in the 80's by a few different builders. Ours was built by Wellcraft which is known for quality. Starwinds are also known for their performance. There is not much difference in space or headroom from 22' to 25' and you will be cramped inside regardless. You probably will be better off with generous cockpit size rather than cabin size and you won't want a boat with a lot of headroom anyway because at that length, anything with more headroom will have too much windage, spoiling performance. If you are sailing on a river, such as the Ohio, current will be a factor, so better upwind performance will help deal with contrary currents and windage will be your enemy. Take a look at what is being sailed most prevalently in your area and pay attention ... they are probably the boat that will be best suited anyway.  

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2019 Centurion Fi 23

2019 Centurion Fi 23

Billings, Montana

Make Centurion

Model Fi 23

Category Ski/Wakeboard Boats

Posted Over 1 Month

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2005 Custom Built 71ft x 24ft x 6ft

2005 Custom Built 71ft x 24ft x 6ft

Houma, Louisiana

Make Custom Built

Model 71ft X 24ft X 6ft

Category Houseboats

This vessel is in excellent condition. Per the seller, everything onboard is in working order. The seller maintains a logbook to document the dates that he has run/exercised all the various equipment on board. This includes the main engines, the two generators, the spuds, as well as all the various other equipment. Stock #244332 71ft x 24ft x 6ft Custom Built House boat powered by twin, 8V71 Detroit Diesel main engines! ********************** CERTIFIED SINGLE OWNER ********************** This 2005 Custom Built 71ft x 24ft x 6ft Houseboat is one of a kind. The seller custom-built it from the 1/4" steel hull to the beautiful interior finish work that features natural cypress. It is powered by two Detroit Diesel 8V71 engines, a 2:1 gear, driving 2" Stainless Steel shafts equipped with 30" 4-blade bronze props. The electric plant consists of a 20 KW Delco generator driven by a Detriot Diesel 8V71 engine, a 23 KW generator driven by an Isuzu 4LE1 engine, as well as shore power. It features three levels with spiral staircases to traverse the levels. The lower level includes 4 private berths, a full head with a shower, and a large galley and dining table. Move up the spiral staircase to the mid-level. It features three bunks, two large sofa's, and a TV with DRV. Go through the glass sliding doors to the utility room to access the full-size stackable washer & dryer, a 500 lb/day icemaker, and a full bathroom with a shower. Walk through the sliding glass door to the outside deck. Moving up the second spiral staircase brings you to the pilothouse. It features a bunk, two stainless steel chart tables, as well as all the navigation equipment to safely pilot the boat. Controls include a Kobelt Full Follow-up tiller, a Kobelt Electronic Throttle Control (with station select, Station Lock, Throttle Override, and Synchronizer). Gages for the Port and Starboard engines, switches, and spud controls are all mounted on stainless steel panels. This houseboat is wired and has light fixtures for both 120 VAC and 12 VDC. This houseboat has a USCG Certified Type II Marine Sanitation Device (sewerage treatment plant). It also has an Ademco Electronic Security System. Reason for selling is no longer using.

2000 Wellcraft Excalibur 23 Sport

2000 Wellcraft Excalibur 23 Sport

Central Frontenac, Ontario

Make Wellcraft

Model Excalibur 23 Sport

Category High Performance

Current owner says his 2000 WELLCRAFT EXCALIBUR 23 SPORT is in "Very Good Overall Condition" As received from the current owner; Serviced and maintained annually or as needed during the season Nothing is currently in need of service or repair Has only been used in FRESHWATER.! Trailer is completely refurbished. New tires, bearings, axles, lights, brakes and paint. ***I have not visited this vessel in person. Pictures, details & information on condition have been provided by the owner. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any specific questions, to submit an offer, or schedule a showing*** Stock #246013 MERCRUISER 454 MAG.! CAPTAINS CHOICE EXHAUST.! MERCRUISER BRAVO ONE I/O.! UPDATED TRAILER INCLUDED.! Sharp WELLCRAFT EXCALIBUR 23 SPORT.! Has only been used in "FRESHWATER".! Seller loves the looks, lines, and her hot performance on the MerCruiser 454 MAG with "Captains Choice" exhaust.! Favorites include cuddy cabin (large enough to sleep 2 adults), an extended swim platform that puts the LOA at 26 ft and underwater lights at the transom According to the Seller, she is powered by Mercruiser 454 Mag 385 HP and paired with MerCruiser Bravo One I/O & stainless steel 23 pitch prop. Also, there is an additional stainless steel spare prop included.! Purchase includes 2000 Eagle trailer (recently painted black) Seller/Owner say's Trailer is completely refurbished. New tires, bearings, axles, lights, brakes and paint. Make sure to look through all the details, pictures and options that are listed below. If you have any questions, would like to schedule a personal viewing or make an offer, feel free to contact me anytime.! Reason for selling is change of interest.

New high end 23 ft pontoon boat----Spring boat show special

New high end 23 ft pontoon boat----Spring boat show special

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Make Grand Island 23 GT Cruise

Category Pontoon Boats

Length 23.0

Factory Direct Pontoon Boat Sales with 400 new pontoon boats in stock. New 2016 23 ft Grand Island/Tahoe high quality pontoon boat. This pontoon boat is 8.5 wide with 25 inch tubes or I also have this for the same price in a 8 ft model. I have it in a few colors. This auction doesnt come with a motor or trailer but they are available.We are in Grand Rapids Minnesota and will deliver for $1.5 a mile. This It has a stereo-table-swim ladder-lights and gauges. You can add a custom snap cover for $699. Give us a call for our web site or a shipping quote. 218-326-4223-- This one comes with the luna floor which is very popular and more money. This boat is rated for up to a 115. Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

New high end 24 ft pontoon boat----Spring boat show special

New high end 24 ft pontoon boat----Spring boat show special

Factory Direct Pontoon Boat Sales with 400 new pontoon boats in stock. New 2016 23 ft Grand Island/Tahoe high quality pontoon boat. This pontoon boat is 8.5 wide with 25 inch tubes or I also have this for the same price in a 8 ft model. I have it in a few colors. This auction doesnt come with a motor or trailer but they are available.We are in Grand Rapids Minnesota and will deliver for $1.5 a mile. This It has a stereo-table-swim ladder-lights and gauges. You can add a custom snap cover for $699. Give us a call for our web site or a shipping quote. 218-326-4223-- This one comes with the luna floor which is very popular and more money. Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

Maxum  1996 23 FT

Maxum 1996 23 FT

Rockaway, New Jersey

Category Cruiser Motorcycles

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2010 Pontoon 23ft

2010 Pontoon 23ft

Hudson, Florida

Make Pontoon

2010 Pontoon 23ft This is a New 2010 23ft Nivi Tritoon Pontoon Intimidator - this  Is the Hull only price -  Comes with Bimini, Mooring cover, 20 gal built in gas tank, and Console with stereo. Motor, Trailer & Other options Available. We Carrie Suzuki & Mercury and can order other brands.  Give us a call for pricing 70278693443

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'91 23ft hydrosport

Houston, Texas

Make Hydrosport

1991 23 foot walk around cuttie hydrosport.

23 ft Wellcraft Nova

23 ft Wellcraft Nova

Lewisberry, Pennsylvania

Category Cuddy Cabin Boats

Length 23.5

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1987 Larson 23 Ft

Watertown, New York

1987 Larson Mercruiser 260 hp. V8 IO Cuddy with head New interior vinyl Yacht Club Trailer Canvas/ Full bimini. with stern curtain and side curtains/Tonneau Cover with vent Storage boot Depth Finder.. Hummingbird 400TX Excellent Condition

Mako 23ft 1986

Mako 23ft 1986

Fowlerton, Texas

20 hours on motor Fuel injected 150 Evinrude Auto pilot Anchor Windlass

23ft paceship sailboat

23ft paceship sailboat

Roland, Arkansas

23ft paceship sailboat for sale or trade. Newly remodeled. Comes with trailer and window AC unit. Great for camping out on the lake, sleeps up to 4. Trying to go back to school so I haven't had a lot of time to spend out on the lake. Asking $9,500 with trailer, obo. Will also consider trade for anything that doesn't eat. Call or text 479-420-1449. This ad was posted with the eBay Classifieds mobile app.

2003 23ft Proline Sport

2003 23ft Proline Sport

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Make Pro Line

Model 23ft Sport

Category Center Consoles

This is a 2003 23ft proline sport it has a 225 Mercury 2 stroke. The boat runs great and is in great condition. It has a Garmin 5208 navigation system with a underwater camera. It has a center console with a head and hard top T top. The boat has plenty of storage and 2 large fish boxes. It has a 5 gallon fresh water tank, 20 gallon live well, and raw water wash down. The transom has room for 2 engines. It has a marine radio with bose stereo system. The boat also has a built-in cooler. The trailer is a Continental lightweight aluminum with dual drum brakes and brake whash connection. The boat is in great condition but it does need 2 new pumps. One mascerater pump for the fish boxes and one for the raw water wash down about $250 for both pumps. The boat is a nice boat great for freshwater or going off shore. Other than the two pumps the boat is in great working condition. I need to sell due to health conditions so I'm willing to work on price.

Baja 23ft Cuddy cabin

Baja 23ft Cuddy cabin

Valencia, California

1997 Baja 232,1997 Baja 232 Cuddy cabin. 23 1/2 ft. 8 1/2 beam. Very stable. I've owned it since 2001 from 36 hours. Great family boat. Seats 6. Sleeps 2. Stored indoors since I have owned it, under 2 covers. Extreme Phat wakeboard tower with lights. 454 motor with Bravo One outdrive, neither has ever failed me and run strong and smooth. 60 mph boat. Trim tabs. Imco headers. Stainless steel risers. Teague Marine electronic mufflers. 2 stainless steel props (Mirage speed & wakeboard). Ridiculous sound system: 2 12"subs, 10 speakers, 2 tower speakers, 2 amps. 2 wakeboards, kneeboard, ropes, flags. Assorted life jackets and wet suits. 2 anchors, sand stake, mooring ropes, buoy, extra ropes. 2 platform tubes. I will miss this boat but the family is grown and got other things to do. It needs to go to a family that will get another 14 years of phenomenal memories out of it. The pictures show how clean it is. $17500, 8182545866 Boat is in Fresno now in storage but will be brought to LA.

Sailboat 23 ft. O'Day

Sailboat 23 ft. O'Day

Muskegon, Michigan

Model O'Day

Category Daysailer Sailboats

FOR SALE: 1979, 23 ft. O'Day Sailboat. Very good shape and ready to sail. Comes with double axle bunk boat trailer. All 3 sails are in great shape. Retractable keel for easy hauling and getting into shallow areas. Never been in an accident or grounded. Recently updated the electrical system. Comes with marine radio. Has a living cabin area complete with sleeping quarters and kitchenette / dining. Always been in fresh water. Comes with a great running 9.9 horse power Johnson out board motor with electric start. Anchor and line are in great shape.

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What Size Anchor Do I Need for a 23 Foot Boat? Find out Now

What Size Anchor Do I Need for a 23 Foot Boat?

Whether you are planning an offshore voyage, or spending a day with the family on the lake, it’s essential to have a proper anchor with you. There are a lot of anchors available, each one having a different size shape, holding power, and weight. So it can get quite hard to find the proper anchor for your 23 foot boat.

When choosing an anchor for a 23 foot boat you have to take into consideration the holding power and the shape of the anchor. In general you will want an anchor with a holding power of at least 500 lbs for a 23 foot boat. The shape of the anchor is determined by the bottom in which you will be using it.

So let’s start by looking over the characteristics of an anchor, what they mean and how they affect its performance, and then have a look at some of the best anchors for a 23 foot boat available on the market.

Table of Contents

Holding Power

One of the most important things that you have to take into consideration when you choose an anchor is the holding power. Most anchors are rated by their holding power. 

Holding powers refers to the anchor’s power to keep the boat in place while it’s in the water. And it’s measured in lbs.

The tricky thing when choosing an anchor by it’s holding power is that you have to take into consideration not only the weight or length of your boat, but the weather conditions as well.

For example an anchor with a holding power (not weight) of 125 lbs can easily hold a 23 foot boat if there is little to no wind, but if the wind suddenly starts blowing at 30 mph the same anchor won’t be able to do anything to stop the boat. This is why it’s always recommended to choose an anchor that will be able to hold your boat when the wind blows at 30 mph.

A good thing to remember about holding power is that every manufacturer makes different types of anchors, and those anchors can have different holding power, even if they look the same.

So only the manufacturer can tell you the exact holding power of an anchor and for what boat size it can be used.

The Size of the Anchor

The size of the anchor doesn’t influence too many things. For example, the size of the anchor doesn’t influence the weight too much. When it comes to weight the material out of which the anchor is made is more important.

The only factors that are influenced by the size are the handleability and the space occupied.

Most 23 feet boats don’t have an electrical system to lower and pull the anchor, so you will have to do it by hand. So you will probably want an anchor as small as possible.

Overall you should look for a small or medium sized anchor. The size won’t influence the efficiency of the anchor at all, and getting one that is too big will only make things uncomfortable for you.

Another extremely important characteristic is the shape. Some anchors are designed to be used in waters that have sandy bottoms, others are designed for rocky bottoms, others for mud, etc. 

We are interested in rocky bottoms, so let’s take a look at the most common shoes and see which of them are good.

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Claw: Very efficient anchor, it was initially used for oil rigs, it’s good for all types of environments, with the exceptions of clay and grassy bottoms.

Spade: One of the best overall anchors, it has a good holding power and has no big disadvantage, the only place where it doesn’t do good are rocky bottoms.

Grapnel: very useful for reef, and rocky bottoms where it can grab onto things, but otherwise not very practical.

Patent: Overall a good anchor butt it doesn’t have as much holding power as the rest. It only performs well in mud and sand.

Plough: Great holding power, but hard to stow. Otherwise it performs great on most types of bottoms.

Admiral: The classic anchor. It has a grat holding power but due to its shape it can be dangerous in shallow waters. Overall it performs well in most types of bottoms.

If you use the wrong type of anchor on the wrong type of bottom, the holding power of the anchor will be greatly reduced, since there is a good chance that you won’t be able to get a good grip.

Weight and Material

Weight and material are somewhat important, but not as important as the rest. So in most cases they can be ignored, what you really should care about is the holding power and the shape.

Does the Boat Type Influence the Anchor I Choose?

Before we move to the recommended anchors I want to quickly cover one last thing.

At this point you might be wondering if the type of boat that you have will influence the anchor you choose.

The answer in most cases is no. 23 feet boats are considered small boats, so there is a limit to how much weight they can carry. So if you have a 23 feet pontoon, or a bass boat, or a skiff, or a ski boat, you shouldn’t worry too much about the weight of your boat. Most anchors that you will find on the market will suit you just fine.

Things get more complicated when we get to bigger boats, if we were talking about a 30 foot boat, or even a 27 foot boat things might be a little different, but right now it’s not the case.

Best Anchors for a 23 Foot Boat

Fortress marine anchors – fortress fx-7.

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Fortress Marine is one of the best anchor manufacturers on the market, they have extremely well made anchors that are very small and light but with an extremely high holding power. And they are even used by the U.S Navy and U.S Coast Guard.

The fortress FX-7 is a spade type anchor, so it performs very well on most types of bottoms, the only exception being rocky bottoms.

This model weights only 4 lbs and it’s able to hold boats that are up to 27 feet in 30 mph wind conditions.

The holding power of this anchor is 700 lbs, so it will be able to hold a 23 foot boat in the worst weather conditions without any effort.

Two other great benefits of this anchor are the lifetime warranty and the fact that it can be easily assembled and disassembled, so storing it when you are not using it is not a problem.

I’ve personally used this anchor as well as other Fortress Marine anchors for over 10 years, and overall I am quite pleased with them. I’ve never had any problem with them, and they were able to hold all my boats without any problem, whether they were 23 feet or 25 feet.

So if you are looking for a light anchor with a lot of holding power that can be used on most types of bottoms I would suggest you to get the Fortress FX-7.

You can check the price of the Fortress Marine Anchors – Fortress FX-7 on Amazon .

Extreme Max BoatTector Anchor

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The Extreme Max BoatTractor is a grapnel anchor, so it will excel in reef and rocky bottoms.

This anchor is on the small side, being only 14 inches long, but despite its small size it weighs 25 pounds, making it quite sturdy.

The fact that it’s small offers a lot of advantages, as we discussed earlier a smaller anchor will be able to get a grip a lot faster than a bigger one, so you won’t have to lower it multiple times. And it can be stored very easily.

This anchor can be used on multiple types of boats like: pontoons, bass boats, runabouts,etc. up to 25 feet, so 23 feet boats should be able to use this anchor without any problem.

This anchor is that it’s not only usable on rocky bottoms, it can also be used in muddy and sandy bottoms, so if you move to an area with a different bottom you won’t have to change your anchor.

You can check the price using this link to Amazon .

Final Thoughts

So finding a good anchor for a 23 foot boat is not that hard, you just have to make sure that you have enough holding power and that you chose the eight type of anchor, depending on the bottoms where you will be using your boat.

In the end I would like to tell you to be extremely careful when you are handling the anchor. While it might seem simple to throw the anchor into the water, that is a bad idea. The anchor can very easily damage your boat if you don’t handle it with care. If you want to know how to properly handle, lower, rise and secure an anchor, I would suggest you to take a look at this article, where you will find a detailed guide with pictures on how to do things correctly: How to Anchor a Boat Step by Step (With Pictures) .

Now let’s go over a quick recap of what you should look for at an anchor.

  • Holding power: the most important thing, if the anchor doesn’t have enough holding power it won’t be able to hold a boat properly.
  • Size: the size is not that important, it mostly affects how easy the anchor is to handle.
  • Shape: the shape of the anchor is also very important, some anchors are designed for sandy bottoms, others for rocky bottoms, etc. So make sure that you know what type of bottom you will be using and choose accordingly.
  • Wight and material: not very important when choosing the anchor, those aspects are usually taken into consideration when the holding power is tested and calculated.

John Rivera

My name is John Rivera and I am the creator of BoatingRepublic.com. I’ve been a boat owner for more than 30 years, and a boating instructor for 10 years.

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UPDATE: Palm Beach Police say Colombians, Haitians detained after beached vessel found

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The Palm Beach Police Department has released the nationalities of the four migrants who came ashore early Sunday via a boat that was found beached along North Ocean Boulevard.

In an update Monday, spokesman Capt. Will Rothrock said two women who were sent the hospital were Colombians. They were given notices to appear in court.

A man and a third woman were Haitians and had been taken to Miami "for expedited removal," he said.

Border Patrol removed the boat on Sunday, he said.

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The Palm Beach Police Department says four people who came ashore on the island this morning have been detained.

In an alert issued about 7:45 a.m., the department said it wanted to "inform the community of a maritime-based immigration incident that occurred early this morning" near 1200 N. Ocean Blvd.

A beached vessel was reported and "we located and detained four subjects, but there may be several more subjects outstanding," police said.

Police spokesman Capt. Will Rothrock said three females and one male were taken into custody by the department and U.S. Border Patrol. Two of the females were taken to the hospital as a precaution, he said.

The 23-foot boat was "beached some time between midnight and 5 a.m.," Rothrock said, and was found unoccupied about 5:30 a.m.

"Our intelligence unit is working the ongoing investigation with Border Patrol and Homeland Security," Rothrock said.

The department is advising residents to call 561-838-5454 if they observe any suspicious persons or activity.

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Up-and-coming rapper Julio Foolio was shot and killed in Florida on Sunday after celebrating his 26th birthday.

Foolio — born Charles Jones — died early Sunday after he was allegedly “ambushed” in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn hotel in Tampa, his attorney, Lewis Fusco, said according to a press release obtained by Page Six.

Per Fusco, his client went to the hotel after police shut down a pool party he was hosting at his rented Airbnb.

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Fusco told News4JAX that several people were staying with Foolio — whose birthday was on Friday — for a weekend’s worth of activities.

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He followed up with a video showing himself and a group of friends drinking out of red solo and styrofoam cups.

Foolio also shared a clip of a small group of about 20 people gathered in the living room of the Airbnb while thanking them for coming to celebrate him.

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Hours later he shared, “Pol!ce shut us down and kicked us out air bnb (sic) that’s crazy work.”

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