Review Date: Sat July 25, 1998
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: None indicated
| Rating: 0
16.5' lwl fractional rig. Nicely sized cockpit with DRY cockpit sole (drains don't seem to backwash). "Winged" stub keel and fairly flat hull.
The cockpit is fairly roomy, with an open lazerette at the stern. Seatbacks are a resonable height, consistant with this size boat.
The boat trailers well with wieght of boat and trailer around 1000#. Trailer has bunk boards for hull and keel with nice attention to guides for retrieval. Magic Tilt hinge on trailer may help launching/retrieval (I haven't needed it).
Well laid out cabin with 2 quarter berths with plenty of knee room. Nice seatback storage as well as storage forward. Great sitting headroom. A significant amount of floatation foam is evident fore and aft. Rectangular opening ports on the sides with a larger "hatch" at the front of the cabin. "Fuzzy" headliner. More storage area available between the bearths, under the cockpit sole.
Similar waterline length to the Precision 18, with the same sail area and 300# less hull weight. Winged keel yields draft of 19". Good Initial Stability.
Stock sails include approx 77 sqf main and 56 sqf working jib. Stock sails seem well made. Seems to point well to windward. Utilizes boom end sheeting at the transom. Halyards terminated at the mast. The main is set up for jiffy-reefing (1 reef point). Mostly (all?) Harken hardware.
Mast is easy to set (particularly with addition of jib downhaul and "sway preventors"). Offset side stays eliminate backstay.
Running lights stock, with factory installed battery box and power distribution panel.
Storage space for small porta-potty in cabin.
No owners manual available at this time, but "in the works".
Helm is fairly light, response is quick and sure. Stability seems good. Purchased as a "higher" performance daysailer (compared to our previous, much loved Compac 16).
Sail area / displacement ratio fairly high, so reef early. Sails nicely with 1 reef when the when the winds are 15-20 knots.
This is about the biggest boat we could buy that would fit in a standard garage (needs to be angled in order to avoid storing the mast seperately).
Lee and Martha Copp