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Paceship 17
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue January 18, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Great boat. I spent the summer re-fiberglassing the inside of the hull which had had water siting in it for years. Quite stable and surprisingly fast. Not sure how main sheet was origionaly rigged.
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Newark, DE
Posts: 4
Review Date: Tue July 3, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lots of seating, stable for small boat, feels fast. Very easy to trailer at about 600 pounds fully loaded for sea + trailer.
Cons: None come to mind, it's simply a 17' family boat and shouldn't be expected to act like a racer.

I bought this boat, hull #156 and the rusty trailer for a song and had to replace all wood under the cuddy cabin from the keel to the flooring. Upgraded to 5/4 treated lumber for the keel and rib halfs and to 3/4" on the plywood floor. Refinished the centerboard and rudder, some other stuff here and there. Lots of trailer work but that's a trailer blog story. The small confederation of friends who are working with me on this, and I, put a tabernacle or hinge (Dwyer) on the mast just above the deck hole, and permanently mounted the lower 2' of cut mast in place. That saves a lot of back pain and takes away nearly all the chance that 22' of aluminum might land on my car, or worse, someone elses', while setting up or taking down.

This should prove to be a good training boat - for teaching people to sail or at least exposing them to the hobby. The two friends who are more or less partners in the job have only brief exposure to sailing, but this boat makes it possible to show them and let them do the work, without tripping all over each other. It's nice to have some personal space when frustrations cut in and the lines go flying in the wind. On top of that, I have family members who would casually sail here and there on my former Sunfish but would have appreciated a larger boat. This fits that bill perfectly because two adults and 2 or 3 kids can sit on one side all at once being as no room was wasted on a below-deck cabin per se. And, if the winds are under 5 to 8 knotts you can put the lighter people alee and the larger ones windward and do just fine. In fact, the kids love to sit up on the deck before the mast and experience the wave pounding and the breeze that slips through the jib.

In stronger air, say 12 to 15 knotts, two adults of about 170 each can keep the boat under control just fine if the meat is on the rail and if the lines pay out properly. I haven't put this over yet, though I refrain from keeping the illusion that it can't happen. The boat has foam flotation the length of the seats underneath and still more in the front bow area ahead of the cuddy.

I've had it out about a dozen times this (2007) season and it does fine, except that the 7/16" lines it has on it are a lot more stiff than the lines on a 17' need to be, and no way the main needs 6,600 lb line. I'm downgrading to 3/8" which, after trying someone elses' line there, does much better in light to moderate air letting the sail adjust outward to prevent a spill.

We use a 3hp kicker and that's fine. The prior owner had a 7.5 on this boat, which must have made it fly along but I didn't need 35 pounds of engine out on the transom when a 15 pound kicker gets me around nicely enough.


The first writer asked about the rigging of the main. Two blocks, one with a becket (rope tie-off), hang off the rear of the boom and one each on the sides just forward of the transom. A 42' line gets tied off at the one pully becket and goes to the starboard block first, then the line returns to the boom pulley that it was tied to. This time, the line goes through that pully's sheave and then down to the port side pulley. The line returns again to the boom end, and goes through the second pully (that hasn't been used yet) and then goes forward to a pulley about half way aft of the mast, on the boom. From there the line goes to the pulley and cleat that resides on the aftermost part of the centerboard trunk ridge.

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