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Santana 21
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Description: Santana 21
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Review Date: Sat September 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A lightweight, minimal sailboat. Self-bailing cockpit. Vee berth, 2 quarter berths, and a shelf for a porta-potty.Swing keel. Swing keel acts like a shoal draft keel when in "up" position.

Pros: Came equipped with quality components (whisker pole, spinnaker, north sail 150 genoa and jib, and more pulleys, blocks, and clips than I know what do do with...).

Cons: Deck flexes like a kayak. Fittings in general inadequately secured (cleats because of tiny washers instead of a backing plate and delamination, shrouds because tangs are too small). Standing rigging seems puny. The winch for the swing keel is inconveniently located in the front of the cabin.

Very happy to have purchased, has been a good boat to learn to sail with and is light enough to be easily trailerable.

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Review Date: Wed September 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have enjoyed our Santana 21 for about 8 years now. It is a 1973 model, hull #599. If I remember the specifications correctly, the book weight is 1750# empty, but I'd guess it some heavier. Swing keel down, the draft is 60", keel up 18".

It is a fractional rig with inboard chainplates and points well in my experience. We have the optional split backstay (did it myself) and jumper struts. For its size, age, and type I judge it to be on the fast side of average, but temper that with the fact that it is an owner speaking. I think the boat sails well and meets the needs of a lake sailor very well.

Its points are good or bad depending on your outlook. It is fairly simple with no cockpit or deck hatches to leak. The sheer is springier than most; I think it a very attractive hull. The helm is well balanced. The S-21 has an iron swing keel, so there is little intrusion of the keel into the cabin. Most S-21s have an unusual swing keel mechanism (ours does) that encloses the cable in all positions so that it does not collect seaweed or hum. This places the winch on the forward side of the mast compression post.

There were at least two interior plans. The earlier one was a dinette with athwartship settees. I prefer ours with fore-and-aft settees and a pivoting table. The interior room is less than a C-22 because of the sheer, a slightly shorter length, and the fact that the maximum beam is further aft than a C-22.

The Schock Company was able to provide me with an owner's manual. There was an active class association some years back, but I think it has been inactive for a while.
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Review Date: Thu February 12, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I had a Satana 21 swing keel that I purchased for $100.00 in 1997 as a basket case. The keel was not attached and was frozen in the up position.The keel was missing its pulley, as well as keel bolts. The mast was bent (kinked) just above the spreaders from a tree that apparently fell on it. The trailor extention was rusted solid. These are some of the larger problems I had to deal with, as there were more things of a smaller nature that had to be dealt with.
After two years of working from payday to payday, I finally completed her. Her name is Windsplitter and she was a fine sailing vessel. A perfect size boat for the three of us. However, with all the work I did to the swing keel, not to mention the time I put into it; if I ever do buy another boat, it will probably be a fixed keel boat.

Well some things are just not meant to be. My S-21 was parked on its trailer next to my garage minding its own business when a 5 ton flat bed Ford truck that the guys across the street (who were roofing my neighbors house) forgot to set the emergency break or chock the wheels and it rolled about 300 ft and sandwiched my boat between the front of the truck and my garage. It did about $9000.00 damage to the house and totaled the boat and trailer. All that time, money and work gone in a mater of seconds. Oh well at least my new boat has a fixed keel. See; Coranado 23


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