A list of pocket cruisers I am currently researching. Criteria is tough... has to be trailerable (with an F350, I'm not trying to do this with a Prius), shallow drafted and responsive enough to spend time on Idaho lakes and actually move under our variable winds, solid enough for careful trips throughout the San Juans, and something I can at least lie down in at my height of 6'5". Easy, right?

The current top contenders - and the category benchmark, my buddy's Pacific Seacraft 25' - are at the top. To sort by any of the dimensions / calculations, click the up () or down () arrows to sort ascending or descending.

Explanations of the five calculated ratios (Displacement/LWL, Ballast/Displacement, Sail Area/Displacement, Capsize, Length/Beam, plus PHRF -- right most 6 columns) are at the bottom of the page.
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
                               
Nimble 24' (Keel/Ctbrd) 28.50 24.17 8.25 3000 900 1.33 4.17 252 95 30% 19.38 2.29 2.93
Macgregor 26' 25.83 23.17 7.75 2850 1200 1.25 5.33 32.25 236 102 42% 18.78 2.19 2.99 228
Columbia 26T (Keel/ctbrd) 25.83 22.83 8.00 4400 1400 2.08 269 165 32% 16.03 1.95 2.85 234
Catalina 25' (Swing Keel) 25.00 22.20 8.00 4550 1900 2.70 4.00 33.00 270 186 42% 15.73 1.93 2.78 228
Seaward 24' (Keel/ctbrd) 24.33 22.17 8.25 3100 1100 2.00 3.50 32.50 265 127 35% 19.94 2.26 2.69 261
Seaward 25' Shoal keel 26.75 22.17 8.25 3100 1100 2.08 2.08 32.50 265 127 35% 19.94 2.26 2.69 270
Laguna Windrose 25' (Swing keel) 24.80 22.10 7.10 2500 600 1.50 6.25 228 103 24% 19.80 2.09 3.11
Hunter 25' (Fin keel) 24.50 22.08 8.42 3700 1309 3.92 3.92 31.66 239 153 35% 15.99 2.18 2.62 225
Ericson 25' (Centerboard) 25.42 21.83 8.00 5400 2500 3.90 4.90 265 232 46% 13.78 1.82 2.73 234
Tanzer 7.5 (Fin Keel) 24.50 21.83 8.00 3800 1600 4.00 4.00 236 163 42% 15.51 2.05 2.73 228
Catalina 27' 26.80 21.80 8.80 7300 3150 4.00 4.00 36.00 340 315 43% 14.46 1.81 2.48 204
San Juan 26' (Keel/ctbrd) 25.11 21.67 8.00 4400 2000 2.25 5.00 256 193 45% 15.25 1.95 2.71 240
Snapdragon 26 (Twin Keel) 26.00 21.67 8.42 4500 2000 2.58 2.58 255 197 44% 14.97 2.04 2.57 234
O'Day 26 (Keel/ctbrd) 25.67 21.58 8.00 4800 1850 2.50 6.00 280 213 39% 15.74 1.90 2.70 237
US 25' (Keel/ctbrd) 25.00 21.42 8.00 3750 1250 2.50 2.50 256 170 33% 16.97 2.06 2.68 234
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Westerly Centaur 26' (Twin keel) 26.00 21.33 8.42 6700 2800 3.00 3.00 384 308 42% 17.29 1.79 2.53 291
MacGregor 24' (Swing Keel) 24.58 21.33 7.92 2100 575 1.50 5.00 231 97 27% 22.54 2.47 2.69
Vivacity 24' (Twin bilge keels) 24.00 21.25 8.00 4200 1750 2.50 2.50 27.00 255 195 42% 15.67 1.98 2.66
Balboa 23' (Swing Keel) 22.66 21.17 7.92 2280 815 1.10 4.60 248 107 36% 22.91 2.41 2.67
Pacific Seacraft 25' Finch 26.20 21.00 8.00 4750 1750 3.20 3.20 250 229 37% 14.16 1.90 2.63
Neptune 24' (Keel/Ctbrd) 24.00 21.00 7.98 3200 1200 2.00 3.50 228 154 38% 16.80 2.17 2.63 231
O'Day 25' (Keel/Ctbrd) 24.83 21.00 8.00 4807 1825 2.25 6.00 33.67 270 232 38% 15.17 1.90 2.63 237
Rob Roy 23 Keel / Ctrbrd 22.67 21.00 6.92 2800 900 1.58 4.67 29.50 255 135 32% 20.54 1.96 3.03
Balboa 26' (Swing Keel) 25.58 20.83 8.00 3600 1200 1.83 3.00 293 178 33% 19.96 2.09 2.60 219
O'Day 240 (Fin keel) 24.58 20.83 8.25 3600 1200 2.67 2.67 32.50 249 178 33% 16.96 2.15 2.52 231
Santana 2023 (Water/swing keel) 23.25 20.63 8.50 2380 1050 1.17 5.33 254 121 44% 22.80 2.55 2.43 222
Santana 23D (Centerboard) 23.33 20.60 8.83 2600 1130 0.83 5.25 284 133 43% 24.03 2.57 2.33 171
Seaward 23' Shoal keel 22.75 20.58 8.33 2400 800 2.08 2.08 30.00 218 123 33% 19.46 2.49 2.47 285
Snapdragon 24' (Twin keel) 24.50 20.50 8.00 3850 1550 2.50 2.50 247 200 40% 16.09 2.04 2.56 258
Buccaneer 240 23.75 20.33 8.00 4000 1250 2.50 2.50 33.83 248 213 31% 15.75 2.02 2.54 267
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
San Juan 23' CB in Keel 23.00 20.33 8.00 2700 900 1.92 4.75 239 143 33% 19.72 2.30 2.54 237
Thunderbird (Fin Keel) 25.98 20.25 7.54 3650 1530 4.79 4.79 37.83 308 196 42% 20.79 1.96 2.69 201
Edel 3 (Fin keel) 25.59 20.24 7.97 3748 1653 4.27 4.27 334 202 44% 22.15 2.05 2.54
Com-Pac 23' 23.90 20.20 8.00 3000 1340 2.20 2.20 30.00 250 162 45% 19.23 2.22 2.53 255
Columbia 22 (Keel/ctbrd) 22.00 20.08 7.75 2200 1000 2.50 4.83 235 121 45% 22.23 2.38 2.59 264
Lancer 25' (Shoal keel) 24.67 20.08 8.00 3400 1200 2.33 2.33 32.00 287 187 35% 20.31 2.13 2.51 267
Clipper 26 (Swing keel) 24.67 20.05 8.00 2400 540 1.30 5.40 260 133 23% 23.21 2.39 2.51 249
Coronado 25' (Keel/Ctbrd) 25.00 20.05 8.00 4300 1800 2.50 4.50 273 238 42% 16.52 1.97 2.51 231
Cal 24' (Keel/ctbrd) 24.39 20.05 8.00 3000 2.50 4.50 261 166 % 20.08 2.22 2.51 237
Ranger 23' (Full keel) 23.67 20.00 7.92 3400 1500 3.75 3.75 263 190 44% 18.61 2.11 2.53 231
Columbia 23T (Keel/Ctbrd) 22.58 20.00 7.92 2300 810 1.08 7.92 218 128 35% 20.02 2.40 2.53 270
Precision 23' (Centerboard) 23.50 20.00 8.50 2450 850 1.92 5.30 35.33 248 137 35% 21.83 2.52 2.35 228
Pearson 23CB (Keel/ctbrd) 23.00 20.00 7.92 3500 1300 2.40 5.20 229 195 37% 15.89 2.09 2.53 240
Macgregor 25' 25.00 20.00 7.92 2106 625 1.80 5.66 31.00 236 118 30% 22.98 2.47 2.53 231
Rhodes 22' 22.00 20.00 8.00 2900 700 1.67 4.00 26.00 210 162 24% 16.52 2.24 2.50 261
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Coronado 23-2 (Keel / CB) 22.58 20.00 7.92 2500 810 1.92 3.00 218 140 32% 18.94 2.33 2.53 273
US 22' (Shoal draft) 22.00 19.92 7.92 2540 950 2.60 2.60 202 143 37% 17.36 2.32 2.52 264
Tanzer 22 (Fin keel) 22.50 19.75 7.83 2900 1250 3.42 3.42 31.00 222 168 43% 17.47 2.20 2.52 237
Nimble 20' (Centerboard) 20.83 19.75 7.75 2600 600 0.92 4.08 207 151 23% 17.52 2.25 2.55
Tanzer 22' (Keel/ctbrd) 22.50 19.75 7.83 3100 1500 2.00 4.00 222 180 48% 16.71 2.15 2.52 243
O'Day 222 (Keel/Ctbrd) 21.90 19.70 7.92 2200 800 1.67 4.67 34.83 207 128 36% 19.58 2.44 2.49 264
Bayfield 23' (Shoal Keel) 25.00 19.67 8.00 3000 950 2.50 2.50 289 176 32% 22.23 2.22 2.46
Hunter 23' (Keel / Ctrbd) 23.25 19.58 8.00 2300 800 2.00 4.90 33.00 236 137 35% 21.67 2.42 2.45 237
Hunter 23' (Wing Keel) 23.25 19.58 8.00 2450 800 2.25 2.25 33.00 236 146 33% 20.78 2.37 2.45 234
Ericson 23 II (Centerboard) 22.92 19.50 7.92 3200 1300 1.92 5.92 243 193 41% 17.90 2.15 2.46 234
San Juan 24' 24.00 19.50 8.00 3200 1600 4.00 4.00 28.92 234 193 50% 17.24 2.17 2.44 219
Macgregor 22' 22.00 19.50 7.33 1800 500 1.00 5.50 24.00 178 108 28% 19.25 2.41 2.66 252
O'Day 23' (Keel/Ctbrd) 22.75 19.50 7.92 3085 1200 2.25 5.33 245 186 39% 18.50 2.18 2.46 249
Edel 4 CB (Keel/ctrbd) 23.46 19.36 8.20 2755 992 2.10 4.26 303 169 36% 24.67 2.34 2.36
Catalina 22' (Swing Keel) 21.50 19.33 7.67 2250 550 2.00 5.00 29.00 205 139 24% 19.10 2.34 2.52 270
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Santana 21' 21.25 19.33 7.50 1700 550 1.50 5.00 189 105 32% 21.23 2.51 2.58 267
Starwind 223 (Keel / Ctrbd) 22.25 19.33 8.50 2435 700 1.83 3.00 227 151 29% 20.07 2.53 2.27 264
Vivacity 21' (650) (Twin bilge keels) 21.50 19.25 7.15 3850 1100 2.62 2.62 229 241 29% 14.92 1.82 2.69
Aquarius 23' (Swing keel) 23.00 19.00 7.92 2280 815 1.08 4.58 248 148 36% 22.91 2.41 2.40 276
Chrysler 22' 22.00 19.00 7.75 3000 825 1.92 4.50 26.50 202 195 28% 15.54 2.15 2.45 264
Westerly Pageant (Twin keel) 23.08 19.00 8.00 4300 2100 2.83 2.83 236 280 49% 14.28 1.97 2.38
Balboa 22' (Swing keel) 21.58 19.00 8.00 1980 600 1.25 5.50 129 30% 2.55 2.38
Starwind 22' (Keel/ctbrd) 22.00 19.00 7.75 2600 775 1.90 4.50 208 169 30% 17.60 2.25 2.45 270
O'Day 22' 1973 - 78 = Shoal Keel 21.67 18.92 7.17 2083 600 1.92 1.92 190 137 29% 18.64 2.25 2.64 282
O'Day 22 1980 - 83 = CB 21.67 18.92 7.17 2283 800 1.25 4.25 190 150 35% 17.53 2.18 2.64 282
Clipper 23 (Swing keel) 22.67 18.75 7.67 2025 500 0.51 4.50 208 137 25% 20.79 2.43 2.44 258
S2 6.7 / 6.9 (Drop keel) 22.00 18.75 8.00 2200 770 0.83 4.50 228 149 35% 21.57 2.46 2.34 207
Westerly Warwick / W21 (Twin keel) 21.50 18.75 7.75 3695 1692 2.75 2.75 24.83 250 46% 2.01 2.42
Pandora MK1 (Twin keel) 21.83 18.75 6.92 2500 980 3.25 3.25 191 169 39% 16.59 2.04 2.71
Sirius 21' (Swing keel) 21.17 18.75 7.92 2000 525 0.67 5.00 203 135 26% 20.46 2.51 2.37 252
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Santana 22' 22.00 18.67 7.83 2600 1230 2.50 2.50 218 178 47% 18.45 2.28 2.38 240
Sovereign 23' Shoal keel 23.00 18.50 8.00 3200 1200 2.20 2.20 240 226 38% 17.68 2.17 2.31
Westerly 22' (Twin keel) 22.25 18.33 7.50 3150 1850 2.25 2.25 227 228 59% 16.90 2.05 2.44
Westerly Nomad (Twin w/skeg) 22.25 18.33 7.42 3150 1050 2.25 2.25 227 228 33% 16.90 2.02 2.47
Aquarius 21' (Swing keel) 21.00 18.25 7.82 1900 665 1.00 4.50 254 140 35% 26.49 2.53 2.33 267
Edel 6 (665/660) (Fin keel) 21.83 18.21 8.21 2403 882 3.25 3.25 211 178 37% 18.82 2.45 2.22 273
Bristol 24' (Long keel) 24.58 18.08 8.00 5920 2500 3.42 3.42 291 447 42% 14.23 1.77 2.26
Snapdragon 21' (Twin keel) 21.00 18.00 7.17 2200 948 2.50 2.50 168 43% 2.21 2.51
Herreshoff Eagle (Keel/ctbrd 22.00 18.00 8.16 2700 700 1.92 4.00 320 207 26% 26.41 2.34 2.21 351
US 21' (Swing Keel) 21.25 18.00 8.00 1700 200 1.25 4.58 220 130 12% 24.71 2.68 2.25 201
Ranger 22' (Full Keel) 22.50 17.58 7.83 2183 900 4.25 4.25 209 179 41% 19.87 2.41 2.25 222
Blackwatch 24' 24.00 17.50 8.00 2200 700 2.00 2.00 183 32% 2.46 2.19
Precision 21' CB in Keel 20.75 17.50 8.25 1875 600 1.75 4.67 30.00 203 156 32% 21.36 2.68 2.12 231
Ensanada 20' Swing Keel 20.00 17.50 7.10 1600 550 1.75 4.00 174 133 34% 20.35 2.43 2.46 294
Vivacity 20' 20.00 17.50 7.00 1800 800 2.33 2.33 175 150 44% 18.92 2.30 2.50 297
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Hurley 22' (Twin keel) 21.98 17.06 7.22 3894 2299 2.50 2.50 200 350 59% 12.93 1.84 2.36
Pegasus Prelude 19.25 17.00 6.83 1450 450 2.25 2.25 132 31% 2.41 2.49
Alacrity 19' (Twin keel) 18.50 17.00 6.92 1500 480 1.83 1.83 22.97 150 136 32% 18.32 2.42 2.46
Seaforth 24' Fixed keel 24.00 17.00 7.33 4200 1600 2.50 2.50 217 382 38% 13.34 1.82 2.32
San Juan 21' (Swing Keel) 20.50 17.00 7.00 1400 420 1.00 4.00 127 30% 2.50 2.43 258
Pearson Electra 22.50 16.80 7.00 3000 1200 3.00 3.00 228 282 40% 17.54 1.94 2.40 273
Northwest 21' (Swing keel) 21.00 16.75 7.92 2300 700 1.08 5.00 200 218 30% 18.37 2.40 2.11
Cal 21' (Swing Keel) 20.50 16.67 6.67 1100 360 0.75 4.25 196 106 33% 29.43 2.58 2.50 255
West Wight Potter 19' 18.50 16.50 7.50 1350 300 0.50 3.58 22.00 132 134 22% 17.29 2.71 2.20 270
Halman 20' (Long keel) 19.50 16.50 7.67 2500 1000 2.83 2.83 30.00 188 248 40% 16.33 2.26 2.15 276
Nordica 20' 19.50 16.50 7.67 2520 1026 3.33 3.33 30.00 188 250 41% 16.24 2.25 2.15 282
Com-Pac 19' Shoal Keel 20.08 16.30 7.00 2000 800 2.00 2.00 25.00 196 206 40% 19.76 2.22 2.33 279
Cape Dory 22' 22.33 16.25 7.33 3200 1400 3.00 3.00 240 333 44% 17.68 1.99 2.22 273
Edel 730 (Keel/Ctbrd) 23.95 16.24 8.20 2756 1102 2.30 4.76 322 287 40% 26.21 2.34 1.98
Edel 2 (Swing Keel) 18.04 16.08 6.89 1279 397 1.64 3.28 200 137 31% 27.16 2.54 2.33
Boat LOA LWL Beam Disp. Ballast Shallow Draft Deep Draft Mast Height Sail Area Disp. / LWL Ballast / Disp. Sail Area / Disp. Capsize Length / Beam PHRF
Signet 20' (Twin keel) 19.83 16.00 6.66 2146 800 2.00 2.00 187 234 37% 17.98 2.07 2.40
Ranger 20' (Keel/Ctrbd) 20.00 16.00 7.87 1500 550 1.87 3.08 24.00 191 163 37% 23.32 2.75 2.03 225
Fantasie 19' (Twin keel) 19.00 16.00 6.25 1568 545 2.00 2.00 150 171 35% 17.78 2.15 2.56
Edel Grande Large (Shoal Keel) 18.86 15.75 6.82 1984 485 2.13 2.13 177 227 24% 17.94 2.17 2.31
Hunter 20' (Swing keel) 19.67 15.50 7.50 1700 400 1.50 4.50 29.50 170 204 24% 19.10 2.51 2.07 282
Skipper 20' (Shoal Keel) 20.00 15.00 6.67 2000 800 2.00 2.00 143 265 40% 14.41 2.12 2.25
Com-pac Suncat 17.33 15.00 7.25 1500 300 1.17 4.50 24.00 150 198 20% 18.32 2.53 2.07 318
Seaward Fox 19' Shoal keel 19.75 14.83 8.00 1300 450 1.75 1.75 178 35% 2.93 1.85
Sovereign 18' Shoal keel 18.00 14.50 7.00 1350 540 1.83 1.83 147 198 40% 19.26 2.53 2.07
Cape Dory Typhoon 18.50 13.92 6.25 2000 900 2.58 2.58 28.00 155 331 45% 15.62 1.98 2.23 312
Devlin 17' Eider 16.50 6.50 2.00 2.00


Displacement / LWL:
Calculates ratio of displacement to length along the waterline, indicating whether a boat is more race oriented or more cruising oriented. Rough values are:
    Ultra light racer: 60-100
    Very light racer: 100-150
    Light cruiser/racer: 150-200
    Light cruiser: 200-250
    Average cruiser: 250-300
    Hefty: cruiser 300-350
    Very hefty cruiser: 350+
Formula is: (Displacement-in-Pounds/2240) / (0.01*Length-on-Waterline-in-Feet)^3

Ballast / Displacement:
A very loose measure of resistance to heeling. The average is around 35%, with higher numbers more resistant, lower numbers more tender.
Formula is: Ballast-in-Pounds / Displacement-in-Pounds

Sail Area/Displacement:
Calculates ratio of sail area to displacement, indicating whether a boat is relatively under-sailed or over-sailed:
    10 - 13 under-canvassed
    14 - 15 conservative
    16 - 20 high-powered
    20+ very high-powered
Formula is: Sail-Area-in-SQ-Ft / (Displacement-in-Pounds/64)^2/3

Capsize:
A value less than 2 is considered to be relatively good; the boat should be relatively safe in bad conditions. The higher the number above 2 the more vulnerable the boat. This is just a rough figure of merit and controversial as to its use.
Formula is: Beam-in-Ft / (Displacement-in-Pounds/64)^1/3

Length/Beam:
A medium value would be 2.7. 3.0 would be high and 2.3 would be low.
<3 indicates a relatively beamy boat (greater cabin room, rougher ride & worse capsize recovery)
>3 indicates a relatively narrow boat (less cabin room, better ride & better capsize recovery)
Formula is: Length-on-Waterline-in-Feet / Beam-in-Feet

PHRF:
PHRF is the "Performance Handicap Racing Fleet" handicap number for a given boat. The higher the value, the larger a time handicap that boat would receive head to head with other boats in a race, therefore it seems vaguely safe to assume that the higher PHRF value, the slower the boat.

PHRF values are based on the "average" value as assigned by US Sailing, taken from their PDF Document listing PHRF values for quite a few boats.