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S2 7.3
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Description: S2 7.3
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon February 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Solidly built, small cruiser. Moderate aspect intergral fin keel, spade rudder. 5' headroom. 6 non-opening portlights, and transparent front hatch. Masthead rig with large foretriangle, relatively small main. Handles well, good speed. Seakindly in heavy weather. Interior is functional, but has unattractive materials (not very yachty). I'm very
satisfied with this as a first boat.
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dgarrett
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Registered: February 2001
Review Date: Wed February 28, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Basics & Features: 24' LOA, Sloop with RF 150 Genoa, Deck-stepped mast, Inboard tiller, Outboard, 12 gallon fresh water tank, Galley - hideaway 2 burner pressurized alcohol stove, sink and ice chest storage area, PortaPotty, Bulkhead-mounted folding table, Sleeps 4 - V berth and 2 settees, Interior head room is a little over 5'. Easy access to areas of the boat since there is no liner.

Strengths: Absolute joy to sail. Quick. Points well. Good hull design and long keel provides excellent tracking and the motion of a much larger boat. Well balanced rig with the 150 genny. Roomy cockpit. Unique cabin layout that places the galley in the companionway. This allows standing headroom while cooking or cleaning. Also allows the heat from the stove to quickly exit the boat. Surprisingly roomy interior with plenty of natural light. I've sailed 30 footers that were not nearly so livable. Enormous undivided lazarette. (If you don't subdivide it, it's also a weakness because your gear slides to the bottom and small items can pass to the very deep and not overly accessible bilge!) Extremely dry boat. If you have water in the bilge, check your deck seals!

Weaknesses: Below deck venilation is limited to a single, large hatch over the V berth. The deck at the point of chainplate entry is very prone to water intrusion. This can be avoided with annual resealing. If you find water in your bilge, suspect this area first!

Overall Satisfaction: I love this boat. Plan to keep it until I'm ready to upgrade to a bluewater cruiser. Would make anyone a great first boat and/or a weekend cruiser.
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tospappy
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Registered: September 2003
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue December 14, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had this boat for about 18 months. During that time I have sailed her at least once a week, and raced her in the local beer cans May through September. The boat is well made and is a pleasure to sail. Not as fast as other boats I have had (PHRF 228), but definitely more stable and predictable. She has a lot of room for a 24 footer, but unfortunately a lot of the space is in the bilge under the cockpit and is not very user friendly. I sail the Channel Islands area of Southern California and the conditions can be somewhat rough. She has been able to handle these conditions easily, but doesn't like plowing headon into a big choppy sea. I have found that just footing off a bit to get a better angle into the waves helps. This is my third boat in this size range (previous boats were a San Juan 24 and a Santana 525) and I would say this S2 is the best of the lot. I dry sail the boat out of a mast up yard, so maintenance has not been an issue. This boat is 20 years old, but several folks at the marina have told me that don't believe that. They also can't believe she is only 24 feet. I think the 3 port lights make her appear bigger than she is. Last week I added a new production racing mainsail. It definitely made a difference. The old sail was the original mainsail. If you are interested in seeing her up close, visit my website at http://www.thesalwarsisterhood.com/paul/FrameSet.htm. Bottom line, I like this boat.
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