New Moon 25

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


 

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Eastsail Yachts has been building traditional pocket cruisers near the New Hampshire coastline for a generation. This summer the company launched the New Moon 25, drawn by Yankee yacht designer Eliot Spalding. With a springy sheer, spoon bow and outboard rudder, the new boat looks salty and traditional.

The little cruiser is an evolution of the popular Offshore 25 and offers more room below, a large sail plan and outboard power instead of an inboard diesel. The net result is a small offshore-quality boat that will be easy to own, easy to maintain and will take her crew of one or two anywhere they might choose to sail.

The New Moon has a displacement of 6,800 pounds, a full keel and an attached rudder. The 9.9- horsepower outboard sits in a well just forward of the rudder so the propeller fits neatly in an aperture cut in the rudder's leading edge.

Down below, accommodations are necessarily simple but comfortable. The main cabin has full headroom - something you don't often see in a 25-footer. A V-berth forward, a long settee and a quarter berth make room for four adults. The cabin has a fold-down table, a small galley and an icebox. There is ample storage for provisions and tanks hold up to 50 gallons of freshwater.

A sweet little cruiser at a fair price, the New Moon 25 will appeal to traditionalists who want their sailing to be simple and safe.


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