Registered: January 2000
Review Date: Wed December 23, 1998
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: None indicated
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My Skipper 20 is a great looking boat. A "double ender" sloop that always catches the eye of a sailor.
There is a small well at the stern of the boat for an outboard motor. I have a 7.5hp Johnson installed, although I am sure that a 3 or 4 hp motor would push this 2000 lb boat quite easily. The motor well makes the boat look, at first glance, that there might be an inboard diesel installed.
My boat is fiberglass, but is molded to look like a lapstrike hull. This, along with 3 quality portholes on each side of the cabin makes for a really good looking profile.
The cabin can sleep 4....supposedly. 2 in the forebirth and one each in a single bunk under each cockpit seat. I have only done overnighters with my son, and with just the 2 of us, there is plenty of room. There is about 4 foot of headroom, and this allows me to sit easily in a couple of different areas in the cockpit. Pretty good for a boat this size. A deck hatch, along with 6 portholes allow plenty of ventilation in the cabin.
I keep a porta potty in the boat, but rarely use it, as I can get to shore easily enough on the inshore lakes where I sail the most. With only a 2 ft draft, I can easily just bump up to shore, jump in, and wade through minimal water to get to any 'facilities' that I may need.
The cabin has good storage with all the bunks having storage wells underneath them. I can carry all my essentials in these at all times, throw in a cooler, and be rolling rather quickly.
I "trailor sail" my boat to different lakes in the area. My boat rides on a twin axle trailer which does pretty well. I tow it with a Chevy S-10 Blazer, and have no troubles.
My set up time at the lake is about 25 to 30 minutes. This, at a relaxed pace. I can get the mast up, sails hanked on, and be backing into the water fairly easy. It takes a bit more to get the boat back on the trailer, but I have some new procedures that I will implement this next year that will make that much easier.
I rig her with simply a main and jib, although I hope to aquire a spinnaker this year. Working wing to wing does ok. I will have a whisker pole to help with that in 1999.
I have sailed my boat anywhere from single handed, to as many as 4 adults and 3 kids on board. It sails well, and is a pretty forgiving boat and is comfortable to take a first time sailor on. It is easy for all to keep dry in this boat, even with a relitively low freeboard.
I have yet to really get my boat "on the edge". I do intend to get this accomplished when the spring winds blow in 1999. I have a good friend who is also an accomplished sailor. He and I plan to really see what she will do in heavy weather. I will update when that happens.
My boat is still pretty much stock. I would like to share ideas for improvements, modifications, etc. with any subscribers.
This is a simple boat to rig and sail, there are few areas to fine tune. This makes it a good boat for me at this time in my life. I enjoy the relaxing nature of sailing, and am not really into getting the absolute last 10th of a know of boat speed out of her. I like a gentle heel, and an easy day sailing. I, again, have not had this boat right to the edge...yet.
Good sailing to you....