Re: 20 ft open topped sailboat.
The Zephyr has a beam of just 3'8" which, IMO, makes it an awfully narrow boat for that many people unless you sat them one behind the other and told them not to move around (as in a canoe). The Raider is a bit better with a 4' beam but it's still not something that people can move about and stretch out in easily. It seems to me that with these narrow boats you have to be constantly aware of weight distribution - i.e. not having eveyone sit or lean to the same side at the same time. Kids and non-sailor adults might not understand or might forget how important this is.
If you're looking for an open sail boat in that size to carry that many passengers in a reasonable degree of comfort, you should seriously consider Ian Oughtred's Caladonia Yawl
There are a few folks here on this forum who have built them and the boat seems get great reviews. I've never sailed one, but I've seen one up close and it's a BIG boat with plenty of room for the crowd you're planing to take along.
If the Caledonia Yawl looks too daunting, how about the Core Sound 20? http://www.bandbyachtdesigns.com/cs20.htm
Last edited by BrianY; 07-18-2012 at 10:02 AM.
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