Guinivere is in many ways, the perfect sailboat.
Designed for daysailing, with the option of weekending, she blends great performance with easy handling. A self tacking jib and powerful mainsail take the hassle out of sailing and allows you ride the wind with a simple push of her lovely varnished mahogany tiller. Below deck, her nicely appointed interior and clever use of space makes her feel large and luxurious compared to most boats her size.
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The interior is spare, however everything is in place for a fun weekend afloat. The plan maximizes sleeping accommodations. There are four good-sized bunks, two in the V-berth forward and two quarter berths aft. The galley cabinet with a sink is to port in the saloon with a large, well-insulated icebox to starboard. The settees are fairly comfortable. The interior is a place to bed down for the night after a lovely day of sailing and a delightful meal ashore. And let's face it, that's the way many of us use our "cruising" boats anyway. An upgraded marine head has only been used with freshwater to keep odors at bay.
The Schock family was intent on building a boat which they describe as being "delightfully easy to sail", and they really nailed the concept. The small, roller-furling headsail is self-tending and set up on a self-vanging Hoyt jib boom. She has a spinnaker that has rarely been used. The mainsheet traveler is aft, out of the cockpit, freeing up space. The fractionally rigged spar includes upper and lower shrouds led to a single-pod chainplate. The adjustable backstay lead is cleverly led under the deck to the cockpit. All you need to do is find the wind and let the boat do the rest!
The cockpit is a comfortable 8' long and well laid out. Four adults can sit comfortably, and there's good foot support when the boat heels. There's a good-sized lazarette for stowing mooring lines and fenders. All sail controls are led aft to the end of the cabinhouse where they are easily accessed and the tails can be tucked into storage slots. Custom closed cell foam cockpit cushions make for an extremely comfortable ride.
The high-lift fin and bulb keel includes 1,900 pounds of lead, providing a ballast/displacement ratio of just about 50 percent. That should keep the Harbor 25 on its feet in a blow. The spade rudder is set well aft for good steering control, especially downwind. The hull is 100-percent hand-laid fiberglass with a balsa cored deck to keep it light and stiff. The keel is externally fastened to a stub. This provides for a decent-size bilge sump that keeps any water that does trickle aboard where it belongs, in the bilge. Hauled and bottom painted in 2015.
The propulsion system is very clever arrangement. Instead of squeezing a small diesel into the boat, Schock has opted for a two-cylinder four-stroke Honda gas engine married to a small saildrive 330 that is clean burning, fuel efficient and light. A two-blade folding prop is standard.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Excerpts taken from a full review of the Harbor 25 written by John Kretschmer as featured in Sailing Magazine, June 2007
7350 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD 21403