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LOA 17
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Description: LOA 17
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue April 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The boat is a 17' daysailor with a small cubby that will sleep two people. The cockpit has a large, open passage-way to a small cubby cabin. The boat has a mostly flat bottom with a swing keel that can be winched up for easy beaching. The boats strenghts are it's light weight and trailerability, it also seems to be a safe stable boat for lake sailing. The major weakness that I see is that the cockpit has not self bailing design. The stern is slightly higer than the middle of the boat resulting in water collecting under the v-berth. The boat has to be tipped up on the trailer in order for the water to drain out. I have been very satisfied with this boat. I have been able to learn to sail, as well as learn to fix and modify the hardware on my boat. Great beginner boat for daysailing and/or weekend camping.
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Captain Squiggler
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Registered: September 2012
Location: Oregon City
Review Date: Mon September 3, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Stability; Lines (aesthetics); Durability; Close to water "real" sailing
Cons: Cramped cabin (it's only 17' boat); poor reefing system; cleats that catch mainsheet.

Bought my 1972 LOA 17' in 1992 in Seattle. Never been able to let her go as I love her too much even though I likely outgrew her years ago. I've sailed it in the Puget Sound, Columbia River, even the San Juan Islands. She is sturdy, stable and fearless. It is hull #399 and I am told there were just 400 constructed. I bought it from Tom Malizia who built her from a kit.

The "Mighty Suiqqlger" is a shippy little boat. Based, again I was told, on the Lightening hard-chine hull design. Through my 20's 30's we sailed many summer nights and week-long sail-camping adventures.

SAILING: Furthest over she's ever heeled allowed a bit of water over the gunwale into the cockpit - just 3-5 gallons of water then righted. I have overpowered her with a spinnaker that I added to her sail compliment and it is too big for her. The reefing system that came with the boat is poor - the boom is supposed to twist to wrap up the mainsail, but it doesn't hold and pulls in strong winds (which of course ruins the whole idea). I have a second sail off my old childhood sailboat that that I use as a storm main.

CONSTRUCTION: The fiberglass has held up well. I just painted her once 9 years ago. No soft spots. A heavy person on the cabin top flexes that seciton in an unsettling way, but it holds. I've let the toerail go pretty much without any oil/varnish and it is threatening to come off. My fault not the boat's. The wheel that loweres the 250 LB keel down is clever and effective. The tiller and rudder are large, heavy and shippy as well. I should mention that the centerboard bangs around a bit and is hard to tighten fully. Happily, it doesnt leak at all as the pivot point of the keel is far above the waterline.

CABIN: It's a 17 footer, so what do you expect? However, the two berths sleep all 6'4" well. Mine came without portholes, so I added some and it seems essential to have them. The major problem in the cabin is that the top most of the 3 slats that are used to enclose the cabin are slanted and therefore leak when it rains.

Other specs:
- about 1500 LBs with trailer
- about 4' draft with keel down and 10 INCHES with it up. Easy to beach.

I have the original paperwork if anyone is interested I could scan and share. I love this boat.
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