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Precision 15
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Description: Precision 15
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat December 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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If you're looking for a first boat that is easy to sail, I would strongly recommend the Precision 15. She is very easy to trailer and sail. One person can easily sail her in light winds. For stronger winds she will become very hard for one person to control. All the rigging is simple and straight forward. You can have the boat at your favorite boat launch and sailing within half an hour.
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tnuciforo
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Registered: March 2006
Location: New York State Capital Region
Posts: 1
Review Date: Fri March 16, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Easy to trailer, setup, launch & retrieve, and single hand. Can be a wet boat
Cons: Not NMMA certified

Mine is a P15k, that is it has a shoal keel. While Precision calls it a wing keel, the wings act more like a bulb.

I bought the boat new, after having sailed a laser, Cal 21, and Santana 20 (I didn't own the Santana), and have been sail this boat on large inland lakes in up-state NY.

She point very well and is very stable. Since my time on the water is somewhat limited, I added a three foot slab in the main - I didn't want to not be able to get out because it was too windy. With another adult male on board, sailed her in winds o 28 mph w/gusts to 32 mph. No rigging failures, that was a wet day! Handle very well !
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dnf777

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Registered: June 2007
Posts: 319
Review Date: Wed February 9, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: well constructed, easy to sail
Cons: likes to heel

I have the P-15 centerboard for over a year now. I was considering a new hold-over, and then a '96 model showed up right next to it, and looked to be in just as good shape as the new one, for half the price. (paid 3k USD)

My lessons consisted of reading the ASA Intro to Sailing book, and a couple warm afternoons on the lake. As I was rigging her at the ramp, I asked each fisherman who launched if they would keep an eye on me, and they all chuckled and happily agreed. Fortunately, I didn't require their hospitality.

Having never been on or near a sailboat before, I found the P15 a snap to rig and step. If you're learning as I was, I would not recommend going out in much more than 10-12kts until you're pretty facile with the sheets. A puff will set her over a little easier than I was led to believe. In light winds, she is a pleasure to learn in, and pretty patient with my level of competence. Over 10kts, and you need to pay attention, especially if puffy, but I suppose that's true in any boat. Another adult, and she tames down quickly as far as heeling goes.

Aside from her sailing qualities and construction, I'm pretty proud of her at the dock too. I have gotten many compliments on how she looks for an old gal.

With just a small caution for windy days single-handed, I would give the P15 a solid recommendation. Especially when you consider the price.

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dnf777

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Registered: June 2007
Posts: 319
Review Date: Wed May 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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On additional comment after 2.5 years of use. While stepping and unstepping the mast is relatively easy, I have had to buy a rivet gun and a couple of spreaders. When stepping the mast, make sure the spreaders are in proper position, or they will bend and possibly break. This year I will begin dry-mooring the boat at the lake, so I can leave the mast up all year. Other than wear and tear from stepping the mast, all other areas have held up wonderfully. I've only had to replace one spreader, but have had to re-seat the spreader brackets on the mast after worked loose. I would recommend carrying a spare spreader if you frequently trailer to the lake. Eventually, one will break with repeated up and down use. Overall, am VERY happy with the boat and would up my previous rating to a "9".

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