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Kelt 7.60
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5 7435 Thu December 31, 2009
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100% of reviewers $17,000.00 9.3












Description: Kelt 7.60
Keywords: Kelt 7.60
 


Author
nauticalrich

Senior Member

Registered: August 2001
Posts: 196
Review Date: Thu October 11, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Had her up to 30 MPH winds, 6ft plus on LI Sound. Handles excellent. Strong constuction. Very forgiving. Cabin is roomy for it's size and has some head room.

Too bad their not still manufactured.

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nauticalrich
1985 31 Oday
Bridgeport, CT
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dbakody
Junior Member

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue October 4, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $17,000.00 | Rating: 0 

 
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The Kelt 7.60 ( LOA 27' 3" is an able sailboat that stands up well in a breeze providing good coastal cruising. This particular boat won the Boat of the Year honors at the Paris Boat Show in 1980.
Superb accommodations c/w with standard V-berth, lined storage lockers, after head, propane stove, amble storage, teak/holly floor and maintenance free cloth headliner. The toe rails are slotted and the cabin top is bolted to the hull providing a leak proof seal strong enough to support the weight of the boat during construction in the plant. All rigging and spars are upgraded c/w inside Genoa track, oversize primaries, boom vang, backstay adjuster, tiller steering , and cabin top winch (s) with rope stoppers. The boat handles well on all points of sail and sails especially well on a broad reach, as far as reefing is concerned it is always dependant on the wind, sea state and point of sail but I have sailed by many with a #3 and full main when they have had one reef in. My boat (CERTA CITO) is the version with a motor in the well, (a 1985 9.9 Yamaha electric start) is my choice as I have some heart stuff to consider and the loss of .5 of knot is no big deal. For the size, performance, amenities and good looks the extra price for the Kelt is good buy couple this with an inboard/outboard that allows me turn in a boat length, stop on dime, jump on board by myself and go far a sail is all this ode sailor needs to fill the bill for a good pocket cruiser. That is of course until another pretty girl catches my eye and pocket book. For pictures surf the net for kelt_group
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Review Date: Sat September 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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Having sailed this Kelt 7.60 four season I can honesty say she is one great big little boat. There was of course reason for her being voted boat of year, I have recieved many compliments on my Kelt and have come to admire all the simple aspects of the boat. I have installed a 1985 Yamaha 9.9 High Thrust electric start engine, ( bought and sold both on the internet) and can park this boat alongside as easy as parking a small car in a parking lot. Sailing has been most enjoyable as I am now retired and with a 135 only I can sail in harbour all afternoon with only a slight drop in overall hull speed, should I decide to clear harbour I raise main and tension with a special outhaul I designed. On really light days the "A" spin with a scok is both a pleasure to operate and dream to see. I have made some really nice approvement to make single handling a snap and made some really cosmetic touches that really look professional. This boat was picked up in hurricane and set in the woods and little damage occured. She has treated me well and as I look for my next boat, I go aboard and say why should I. Guess it is just wanting to start over and make a good boat better. Oh I have met some wonderful Kelt 7.60 e-mail friends to pass non sailing days with, seems most are truly excited about these great boats, sure there are others but Kelt 7.60's are so much better for there size and price range, not to mention good sailing characteristics. Sorry for no loging in, ode computer takes time.....dBakody thanks SailNet
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dbakody
Junior Member

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed June 24, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well Constructed and easy to handle
Cons: hard to sell because it is hard to give up

I have made many upgrades over the years I have had this fine boat some I have invented and added items plus I have bought items on wish list and rather than trade up. In the end it is all about safety and making single handed sailing easy. Most if not all of us dream of a bigger faster boat, not sure what the ideal size is but the bottom line is can one dock without assistance in most conditions ( if not yell for help or dock somewhere else and move later) if on a mooring size is not a issue only money. I would value my Kelt 7.60 at 18,000 CDN but the market is soft so it would be less. I have posted many pics and upgrades on the Kelt Owners Web site. Note sure I will ever get another boat but I have searched out three I keep on file. Refitted my motor over winter with a new water pump impeller and seals and wow! what a difference, keep them good ode motors boys and gals they are worth every penny in maintenance. Clean fuel, clean air and clean oil coupled with TLC goes a very long way.
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mow2000
Junior Member

Registered: December 2009
Review Date: Thu December 31, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Klegecell sandwich deck (no chance of soft spots!)
Cons: None

I have created an informal owners website for Kelt boats. It includes a forum, photos, videos, brochure and links to parts distributors:

http://keltsailing.weebly.com/index.html

The engineering and design of these boats is fantastic. The interior layout is very modern for an older boat. The deck is sandwiched Klegecell (no balsa or plywood) so no chance of soft spots - ever. The grab rails are stainless steel. The only exterior wood to take care of is the door and tiller (ours has a retrofitted wheel). It's got a fully enclosed head with sink. The head is a little tight especially for larger adults. Fun to sail and reasonably comfortable for a long weekend stay.
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