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Kingfisher 20
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu September 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Strong, twin keeled cabin designed for the seas about England. Enclosed outboard mount. Sturdy and stable.
Slower than it's modern counterparts. Small cockpit with high and narrow hatchway. Built like a battleship. Well pleased.
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bobgump
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Registered: May 2003
Review Date: Sat May 17, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Solid, twin keel, stable..... small cockpit, 4 berths, sink, cook stove... enclosed outboard. Has been fun for my wife and me. Trailerable but HEAVY. Backing the engine is marginally effective.. 2.5 ft draft - 35 plus years young
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Review Date: Wed October 22, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I spotted 'Voyager' for sale in a marina in Dubai. Original name 'Tinker Bell'.
Sluggish performance, but very solid.
Anyone having Nasa Sting Ray Depth Finder manual please get in touch.

morris.jensen@hct.ac.ae


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genglandoh
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Registered: March 2010
Posts: 6
Review Date: Wed September 22, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Seaworthy
Cons: slow in light winds

Kingfisher 20 review

Background I have been sailing for 35 years on a variety of sailboats and have owned a FJ 14 for 5 years, a Venture 17 for 8 years, a Yankee 24 Seahorse for 4 years and just purchased a Kingfisher 20. I have sailed the K20 only 5 times on Lake Erie.

Description of the boat: The Kingfisher 20 is a 1960’s British twin keel pocket cruiser designed for the English Channel. The hull, deck and rigging are all over designed and many K20’s have sailed across the Atlantic.

LOA: 20ft 7 Inch LWL: 18ft 6 Inch
Displacement-2600 Lbs
Ballast – Twin Keels each with 550 Lbs of lead total 1100Lbs
Draft: 2ft 4 inch

Below there is an amazing amount of space for a 20ft boat.
Sleeps 4 – 2 forward v-berth, 1 starboard qtr berth and 1 port qtr berth.
Head room is only 4ft 6 Inches but it feels much larger.

Size: This is a heavy 20ft trailer sailboat.

Safety: Very strong and safe.

Setup time: Stepping the mast, loading the boat and launching Solo about 1 Hour.

Launching: The boat sits on its twin keels so it sits high on the trailer. I had to build a trailer extension. With the trailer extension I have no problems launching the boat.

Stability: Good I have gone out on Lake Erie during 20-25 MPH winds with no problem. Because this is a twin keel sailboat the boat does not heel as much as my other boats did. For example in 20 MPH winds the Y24 would heel 15-20 degs but in the same conditions the K20 would heel 10-15 degs.

Weather Helm: The boat will develop weather helm if the heeling angle is more then 15 degs. If you keep the boat heeling below 15 degs you will not have a problem. The best sailing is when the boat is sailed at 10 Deg heel.

Directional Stability: Good Yesterday I was sailing in 20 MPH winds with the working Jib and full Main. I put the boat into a close reach, balanced the sails and tied the tiller amidships. The boat stayed on course for 1 hour without my touching the tiller. The boat sailed in an S pattern of about +/- 4 degs from the original course. I could have sailed this way all day but after 1 hour I wanted to change course.

Maneuvering: Good I sailed in and out of the launch area with no motor most of the time.

Pointing into the wind: OK It will sail about 55 deg of the wind.

Speed: Slow In a light 5 MPH winds but hull speed in 15 MPH or above winds.

Over night: Great The cabin is 4ft 6 Inches high but it feels larger then most modern boats of equal size.


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