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It can be dif­fi­cult to find a trail­er­a­ble pocket cruiser that also is com­fort­able, fun to sail and af­ford­able. With a start­ing price of just un­der $20,000, the sporty-look­ing Malbec 18 has a dy­namic, per­for­mance­ori­ented sail­ing at­ti­tude with room be­low for short week­end cruises. She’s also beach­able, open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for is­land camp­ing and ex­plor­ing ashore.

The Malbec 18 was de­signed in Ar­gentina and is built in Ox­nard, Cal­i­for­nia. She has a 6-foot cock­pit. Belowdecks are a pair of set­tee berths, an op­tional pull­out gal­ley and a por­ta­ble head. Her hull is made of solid fiber­glass. A sharp for­ward en­try, hard chines and a high-as­pect rig pro­vide pre­dictable, sta­ble sail­ing. Up to a 9.9-hp kicker can be added for when the wind dies down, and for close-quar­ters ma­neu­ver­ing.


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