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Santana 23
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Description: Santana 23
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri January 29, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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23'6" by 8'9" beam. Disp. 2600 lbs. Min. draft 12" Max. 4'6" Sail area: approx. 285 PHRF around 170. This boat was designed as a trailerable racer/cruiser. Trailerable features include daggerboard (170 lbs.) , vertically lifting rudder, and light displacement. However the trailer sailor concept is severely compromised by the rig. The mast is 32 ft long and supported by no less than 10 stays. Raising the rig and sorting all the wiret forced me to sell a boat that I found to be excellent in most other respects. Attractive, fast, with expansive deck and cockpit space for a crowd, it is easily daysailed by two. The interior is nice for a racer except for the intrusion of the daggerboard case. All lines are led aft with internal halyards, reefing, and outhaul. 4 lewmars winches with 2 genoa tracks per side. One caveat: Do not drop anything into the daggerboard trunk as it will require removing the board with the main halyard. If you own a Santanna 23 I know a simple way to stabilize the mast " port to starboard" which makes raising the mast a great deal safer and less of a chore. This would be good trailer sailor for 4 or 5 racers who could have it rigged and in the water in 40 minutes or less. However, it takes two people an hour or more especially when packing up at the end of the day. One additional problem is getting the boat to center on its trailer when retreiving. I never could come up with a system that did not require backing in or out at least one or twice to center the board in its U-channel trailer support.


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dburnham
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Fri August 18, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This Racer/Cruiser is faster than a J24 with a ballasted
daggerboard that makes it easy to trailer. The mast is heavy enough to require two people to raise and lower it. The 7/8ths sloop rig sails easily under main alone and makes it fun to singlehand if kept in the water.
Weakness - pay close attention to through-deck fittings (chainplates, freshwater fill in cockpit floor) for watertightness to avoid delamination from core material in deck and cockpit floor and bulkhead dry rot. Don't send anyone over 100 pounds up above the spreaders on the mast.
Don't leave her unattended if rain can get inside. The almost non-existant bilge will make the cabin sole and cabinets rot out.
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