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Description: Koralle jr
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kbest
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Registered: November 2004
Review Date: Tue November 9, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

12' sailboat, made in Germany.
2 section mast, a little difficult
to set up by one person. Has main and jib. Tiller does not move up, but can be pushed back. Roomy bench seats, 2 storage areas. Sailing is simple and easy.
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Review Date: Wed November 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $150.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Owned one in Europe - great little 12-ft boat
Cons: Hull is easily damaged on stones etc.

Called a Kolibri in Europe and still manufactured under that name by Glenmore Boats in Canada: www.glenmoresailboats.com
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kevinh1157
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Registered: February 2015
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun February 22, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Fun, very forgiving starter sloop
Cons: Underpowered (Not enough sail-area), relatively fragile hull

I bought the Koralle Jr. for $495 brand-new in 1970-71. It was the West German version of this boat. It was my first boat and I learned to sail with it. I would highly recommend this boat for a beginner as it was very forgiving. I never capsized the boat except on purpose. It had a tendency to "turn-turtle" when it capsized, but was fairly easy to right. The cockpit is not self-draining, so a bucket to empty water is a must. The hull is a little fragile, and "holed" a few times when it hit something. The elastic cords that hold the storage bin doors will stretch when wet and not keep the doors in place. The hull tends to pound when under sail into a chop. My recollection was that it had 72 square feet of sail. I've seen 82SF in other posts and do not know if my recollection is faulty, or they added some sail area. My boat felt a little under-powered once I learned to sail, but was reasonably competitive in it's class (12 foot dinghy's), but could not keep up with other slightly larger boats such as Lido 14's, Coronado 15, Finn's etc. Laser's were just coming out when I sold my Koralle, but I believed a Laser would be a faster boat. I usually sailed on a lake, but took it (in a group of other boats; a West-Wight Potter and a Columbia 26) from Channel Islands Harbor to Anacapa Island several times. While that was fun, I always felt the boat was a little unsubstantial for this trip. In summary; a good starter boat, but experienced sailors may want more boat. Enjoy.
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