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Last Review Posted by jeff888 - posted: Mon November 16, 2015 6:57am [ Post a Review

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I have owned an Etap 22i since 1994, and such is my opinion of the boat that there is no way that I will sell it. As far as I am concerned, it is just about the ideal trail-sail boat. On the road, it is just about the largest boat that can be towed behind a car. (I use a Subaru Legacy, and have towed it some 20,000 miles or more.) On the sea, it is just about the smallest boat that one can put to sea in and feel confident that it will meet anything that the weather can do. (The biggest wind we�ve experienced was a Bft 10 or 11 that suddenly arrived in Scotland when it was forecast to be Bft 5 dropping to Bft 4. It took about two seconds for the wind to pipe up and less than ten minutes for the colour to return to my white knuckles on the hand holding the steering stick when I realised that the boat was coping with the blast. Bear in mind that 20 minutes after sailing down-wind at 9.4 knots, we reached the harbour we were originally heading towards. Therefore, there was not enough time for boat threatening waves to build up.) I don�t recommend putting to sea in an Etap 22i with a Bft 10 wind, our normal limit is a forecast Bft 4, as this allows for the Met Office to get it wrong, and let the boat confidently deal with Bft 5 sea state. This opinion is based on sailing the boat some 4,000 miles or so. In terms of the boat�s sailing abilities, it depends on where you sail it. In UK waters, where the abilities of many skippers don�t seem to extend to getting the best out of their boats, my Etap 22i can occasionally overtake boats up to about 30ft. I don�t claim to be a good sailor � few cruising sailors indulge in the effete tweakings of a dinghy sailor, for all that it can be done on the boat if you are so minded. The main reason for the boat�s speed is its hull shape and the extra power that comes from a much higher sail area to displacement ratio than is found on other cruising boats. This would suggest that it is easy to tip the boat over, but when I point out that there is a cast iron torpedo at the bottom of the keel, doubts about stability evaporate. Having claimed that we can overtake bigger boats, I should add that in Holland, the best we�ve done is keep up with a 24ft yacht. I mention Holland, because we�ve had many agreeable summer cruises starting with launching the boat into Ramsgate harbour, and then coast hopping with the aid of the tides to get there and back. The longest open sea voyage in a 22i that I know of was done by a friend who also sailed his Etap 22i to Holland and back single handed, using the direct route of Lowestoft to Ijmuiden. It�s a passage of about 110 Nautical Miles. The above comments should indicate what the boat can do. The fact that it is foam filled and unsinkable obviously gives one a vast amount of confidence when out of sight of land, or passing along a coast where harbours are widely spaced. There is another advantage, one we discovered on the Norfolk Broads one Easter when, after we�d retired for the night, about an inch or so of snow fell. The insulation properties of the foam meant that we were genuinely surprised to see the snow the next morning, as it did not feel that cold inside the cabin. Launching is easy if the boat is on a break-back trailer, although it depends on the angle of the slip-way as to whether the engine needs to be lifted out of the well, lest the skeg scrapes on the surface of the slip-way. It will have to be a very shallow slip-way for the break-back trailer wheel�s bearings to risk getting wet, although the lower part of the brake drum always needs washing out with clean water. Recovery is a different topic. It seems that if the boat is on a trailer built by RM Trailers, the boat will obediently climb back on board without any fuss. If the boat travels on a trailer made by SBS, then things are different, requiring a degree of pushing and shoving to align it properly. (Much measuring and comparing of the two trailers has not revealed why this should be so.) Mast raising and lowering can be easy or difficult, depending on the kit used � the mast is too long to be �walked up�, partly because of a lack of places to stand whilst doing so. People either use the spinnaker pole as a pitch-pole, or as I do, have a dedicated pitch-pole with a jaw that fits over the tabernacle. (This requires the Etap made heel pin to be replaced with a stainless steel M20 bolt, long enough for the shanks to project out of both sides of the tabernacle for the jaws to rest against.) I designed my mast raising kit to let me walk off and have a cup of coffee at any time with the mast at any point between horizontal and vertical, whilst the boat is floating cross-winded and being rocked by the wake some idiot driving a motor boat too fast. Norfolk Broads bridges are therefore not a worry. The down-side of the kit is that it takes longer to rig. My wife stands and watches out for the shrouds catching on anything � it�s usually behind me that the back-stay gets enamoured with the transit crutch or steering stick. The engine mounted in the transom well is ideally located to prevent the propeller from ever cavitating in rough seas, and so remains useable at all times. The down-side of the engine�s noise being directed into the cockpit is easily eliminated by installing an acoustic barrier between the engine and cockpit. 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Product Details: "22i" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating:

Last Review Posted by bmatthews - posted: Wed November 11, 2015 10:14am [ Post a Review

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hi, I just saw this listing regarding the Searaker 50' I worked at the shop in 1977 as a summer job between my Junior and Senior years at high school. One of my duties was to cut the fiber glass sheets for the layup on the hull. Three hulls had already been finished so I guess I was working on number four. We had a layup schedule taped to the wall in the back of the shop where they kept the different weights of fiberglass mounted above a long table. I don't recall a shop foreman overseeing the construction. Two people were the major players in running the shop. Harold the owner and a younger man (guessing he was in his early 40's) from the San Francisco area that was the technical yachtsman. Two guys handled the fiberglass work and I worked under them, Rick and Steve. Rick was the veteran fiberglass man. I am guessing he had resin in his veins. Rick took his fiberglass projects very seriously. Seeing the comment above about areas that should have been 7/8" only being 3/8" doesn't make sense to me. If I saw the name of the foreman maybe it would trigger a memory. I do know James Burba a Vietnam Vet, was in wood shop and fabricated a lot of teak interior work. Bob Bosco, was the re-touch and exterior finish guy originally from San Diego. I have one of the original sales brochure for the Searaker (6 pages, full color). That summer I also did work on prepping a hull for a boat in the 30' foot range. We received a rough gel-coated mold and I spent two weeks outdoors in the sun, block sanding a black mold. Not fun. Don't know whatever happened with that mold. We did layup a smaller boat, probably the 28'. It had a balsa wood core between the fiberglass layup. I know about the balsa core as I sliced my finger during the layup process. Dipping your lacerated finger in a five gallon bucket of acetone to remove the resin will create a long term memory. If you have follow up questions or comments please let me know. I can also scan and share the sales brochure is anyone is interested. here is my contact info. bmatthews59@gmail.com
Product Details: "50" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******* 6.67

Last Review Posted by HelmsmanBrett - posted: Wed September 9, 2015 4:14am [ Post a Review

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I have owned an AMF 2100 for a year now and have sailed her only once. I am hoping that a forum member can help me with some configuration questions related to the mainsail sheet. A previous owner removed the barney post from the center of the cockpit and the configuration is now dependent upon a triangle from boom to each side of the transom.
Product Details: "2100" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 7.50

Last Review Posted by dsehl - posted: Mon July 13, 2015 7:36am [ Post a Review

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Even though this is an old thread I am going to Hijack it. I just bought a 1977 Heritage West Indies 38, I am looking to connect with other owners. I got a great deal on it but it needs a lot of work, moldy oldie. -Dan
Product Details: "West Indies 38" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating:

Last Review Posted by oldgeezer72 - posted: Thu July 9, 2015 5:20am [ Post a Review

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Searching for reviews on the later (post 1983) Hunt designed Cal 24 but unable to find anything. Considering a possible purchase but would like to hear others' opinions before making a final decision. Opinions? Anyone?
Product Details: "24" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ****** 6.00

Last Review Posted by Windellao3 - posted: Tue June 30, 2015 2:34pm [ Post a Review

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Has anyone installed a anchor roller on a C & C 24
Product Details: "24" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by Christian Williams - posted: Wed June 24, 2015 11:10am [ Post a Review

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The Ericson 32-3 was manufactured after 1984, as a redesign of the prior Ericson 32. It is slightly longer and wider, with a new underwater profile, and is constructed using the innovative Tri-axial Force Grid. Note that earlier models are referred to as Ericson 32-2, or Ericson 32-1. The Ericson 32-200 is an iteration subsequent to the 32-3, mostly for the purpose of moving the owner's cabin and head aft. The boat is an excellent all-around performer with exceptional interior design and execution. It sails equally under main or job alone. The fine entry and low initial stability make for ease to windward in a seaway. The boat does not surf. Reef main at 18 knots. A great deal of specific information is below at Thelonious Blog.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "32" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by Rafici - posted: Tue June 9, 2015 4:17pm [ Post a Review

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After haunting sailnet and some others I purchased a 1992 P23 named HotCha, in April of 2014. ZERO sailing experiance. Have had a great time fixing up and learning to sail on this little boat. I'm guessing others calling the boat "tender" are refering to the amount of heel, which I find to be a exhilarating. I fully believe for learing to sail on the small ponds and lakes of Iowa I could not of picked a better boat for the money. Precision has been a great company to deal with when I've needed parts and had stuipd questions.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "23" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 8.25

Last Review Posted by Windellao3 - posted: Sat June 6, 2015 12:21pm [ Post a Review

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I have a 1975 C&C 24 does any have the dimensions for the wooden insert that separates the cabin from the v-berth
Product Details: "24" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by Tanzer22 - posted: Fri April 3, 2015 4:03pm [ Post a Review

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I bought this fixer-upper in June, 2014. Fixed it up in Cobourg harbour for a few weeks while living on it... what a blast! The previous owner did not remove the lower shrouds while lowering the mast... These shrouds line up with the center-line of the mast , so as the mast is pivoted on the bolt, the shrouds try to hold the mast from leaning. Some twit reefed the mast down and damaged the mast... one mans blunder is another mans boon. Sailed it around 1000 Islands and camped out until Mid October. Now, I have a wonderful little pocket cruiser I can't wait to throw into the wind again. Can T22 outsail Carina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGqnJfcWAds sure it can! http://www.tanzer22.com/ Is no longer active. http://www.tanzer22.org/ http://zx81.isl.uiuc.edu/tanzer22.org/reviews/PS-Three22s_1981.html http://www.canadianyachting.ca/boat-reviews/one-design/2092-tanzer-22-boat-review-sail https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/tanzer/conversations/messages for excellent sailors and advice

Rating: 9
Product Details: "22" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 8.50

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