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San Juan 21
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Review Date: Fri November 29, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The San Juan 21 is the perfect starter boat or boat for the experienced racer. The national fleet is well organized from coast to coast. It is hard to find a more responsive boat for the money!
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri August 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The San Juan 21 is a swing keel (400lb lead) sloop. I find it to be easy to rig for two people and easy to launch, neither of which I am particularly good at, so it must be easy. I keep mine on a trailer when not sailing. It takes about 30 minutes to get it in the water and about the same amount of time to get her road ready. This is a good day sailor for protected waters only. Cabin space is cramped and amenities are almost nill. I've slept on her a couple of times but never comfortably. There is no galley and only a porta-potty in the main cabin. no curtain or anything. Fortunatly it is cramped enough inside that the crew will stay outside and give you privacy. The rudder on mine broke after 22 years of use (in the atlantic no less) but since my philosophy is "Sail Cheap" I made a new one of wood and I cant tell the difference. On the upside the boat is very fast and easily handled and I feel safe with the keel down. I have sailed circles, litterally, around smaller boats and in a big wind she kept up with 35 foot cutter. The cutter captain said he was reading 8 knots. The only leaks I have had were the "d" ring on the front of the boat and one though bolt holding the teak handrails on. This caused a little rot in the basa core but was easily fixed with K-Mart supplies (20 ton epoxy) for about $20. In three years I've probably spent less than $100 on repairs. I've also spent less than $20 in fuel, a testament to her sailing ability. If you want to go sailing on the cheap and want to go home in the evening this is a very good boat.
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Registered: January 2000
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Review Date: Tue March 16, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The San Juan 21 is a well built, light (1500#) day sailor and weekend cruiser. We have owned two and loved them both. Limited berths for a friendly four people.. not suitable for more than a long weekend. Great large cockpit. Very quick and responsive, a delight to sail. Safe with the swing keel locked down. Active racing class
'The light weight means most cars can tow it as well. Great class association. A quality lake and protected waters boat check out: www.poncacitynews.com/sanjuan21


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Review Date: Mon August 14, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The San Juan 21, MKII, is an excellent single handed one or two person mini-cruiser (provided that all control lines are running to the cockpit) which is how I use mine. I over-night on mine three to five nights at a time with little problems. (I'm 5'6".)
She points very well and is very forgiving. In strong winds she sails well under main or reefed main alone. Though her pointing ability tends to suffer without a jib.
Set up and take down, on the trailer, takes less than an hour and can be done safely with a simple home-make mast raising system.
This is a very well made little boat and this fact is always impressed on me when I look at other vessel about the same size and of about the same year.
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Registered: March 2002
Review Date: Mon March 11, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The San Juan 21 has a great class association and a terrific community to help out. Take a look at our discussion board.
Great class association. A quality lake and protected waters boat check out: http://www.sanjuan21.net/national/
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
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Review Date: Sun November 14, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Handling, simplicity, good manners
Cons: Hardware & portlight bedding, interior space

Excellent first boat. Good for daysailing on protected waters, or longer cruises for hardy souls in reliable conditions. The SJ21 came in two versions: a doghouse coachroof (Mk1) or a flush deck (Mks 2&3). The former has a longer cockpit (seats 5) but small interior; the latter has a shorter cockpit but more space below. Sitting headroom, barely; not much stowage. Winch awkwardly located in the V-berth.

The SJ21 sails like a big dinghy & is best treated that way. Its sailplan is balanced, with slight lee helm in low winds and slight weather helm above 18 kts or 20 degrees of heel. The boat generally rounds up if overdriven. It prefers winds between 6-15kts and has a narrow groove of 10-15 degrees of heel. it moves well in light air. The flat bottom and swept keel mean the boat points only so-so. It is very quick from a close reach to a deep reach but gets a little loose in a following swell. It is not overly prone to broaching, and indeed the SJ21 has no glaring vices at all.

The SJ21 sails brilliantly on main or reefed main only, and we have survived 50 kts that way on flat water. Its bluff bows make it slam a bit to windward and struggle in chop. With the keel up, the boat floats in 8" of water and is easy to launch and, at ~2000# on the trailer, a small vehicle can tow it.

Build quality is so-so. Most common problems are wet balsa in decks and transom; leaking portlights; and wobbly keel pivot bolts. It is a simple boat to maintain and inexpensive to own. Typically sells for $2000-3000 USD. Look for upgrades like backstay adjuster, improved mainsheet system, braking keel winch, larger stern cleats, and rebedded deck hardware with proper backing plates.

If sailing qualities are more important than interior space or foul-weather hardiness, the SJ21 is a good choice.

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SJ21, Diarmuid
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