Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Thu May 14, 1998
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: None indicated
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18'5" Length, 5'6" Beam24" Draft, 1200 Lbs
134 sq ft sail area, main and working jib
PHRF Lake Hefine, Ok 300, C 1991
TX 294 A 1988
Owned for 3 years, Sailed in Finger Lakes, Oneida Lake in CNY, and various smaller lakes throughout Central New York and the Adirondak state Park including the Chain lakes.
Future trips to Lake Champlain, Great Lakes coastal cruising and possibly Boston area.
The Hardware is all top notch Harken, Dwyer, and others.
Hand Laid fiberglass roving, Balsa cored cabin and Lazarette, Polyvynle and Balsa cored deck.
560 lb fully encapusulated moulded internal keel cavity
Moulded fibreglass and epoxy rudder w/stainless steel shaft.
Two pilot berths, with sitting headroom beneath deckhouse.
All alumninum cleats, Teak handrails, SS Chain plates moulded and glassed to inside of hull.
All anodized mast and boom.
1x19 standing rigging, Chrome HD winches.
Low weight of 1200lbs allows easy trailer-ability. can use any car, mid or compact. Front wheel drive is ok if not using a steep ramp. Can Launch in as little as 16" water from Trailer (Magic Tilt), which will lift bow up to 3 feet or more allowing boat to slip off trailer.
Clean sailing, no mess setup and take down. 20 min up, 20 minutes down. In light or dark. Very easy to single handed step of the the mast, and general sailing.
Extreme low cost ownership. No slip fees, little gel coat maintenance. Cover with tarp in winter, remove all sheets and lines, support mast midway on cabin, and let her set for the winter.
Easy single handed launch. dump her, tie her, and park your car. Can be sailed away from most docks without motor support.
Highly flexible and can tack on a dime if necessary in a narrow channel or entry to a dock.
Safe, will heal up to 40 deg., then will dump the wind and head up. Sails best at about 25 deg heal, as her lwl increases to 25 deg then will decrease above that.
Roomy cockpit is great for 2, cabin ok for 2 max., Cabin holds porta-potti, and other gear, oars, life pres., safety gear, radio, battery, cooler, and spare sails in berth areas while not being used as berths.
Not necessarily a Heavy-Duty Boat. It seems like she gives a bit more in heavy conditions than I feel comfortable with. In 20 knots, she will flex and move a bit. I don't mean seapration of anything, but generally a feeling that from bow to stearn, there is a slight give that shows the boat could take a nasty turn should the stress up in the sails gather enough force.
I haven't had any problems with Mast or Boom breakage, even in heavier winds, just the loss of a jib line now and again.
The motor mount allows the motor to vibrate the stern of the boat a bit, when you are heading at 6 or so knots. The lazarette is close to the mount, and the loss in deck material at the Lazarette is sure to cause the loss of rigidity and aformentioned vibration.
The internal rudder seems to move slugishly as if there was not a definate conveyance of power from the tiller to the water. Again, in > 20 knots, the rudder will creek and moan as if there was too much pressure being applied. A weak link in the overall design of the steering system.
The addition of a topping lift was mandatory to prevent the boom from "hanging" down into the cockpit when hoisting or lowering the main sail.
Ventilation problems are still a concern, with the basic "solid" portlights. I have used a screen held in place in the companionway with using 2 of the 3 pc hatch dropboards.
I can honestly say, that for me. . . this is a great boat. It's my first, so I am going to be biased. I have never really sailed before, and have never previously owned a sailboat. I cannot compare the Vic 18 to other boats because most of my time is either on my feet, or on my Vic.
I have raced bi-weekly for 2 years on a friends Catalina 25, and have found the costs of ownership prohibitive. Not that I couldn't do it, but that I would rather place resources in other areas. I would rather keep a trailerable and go where I want to go, and explore new places. The handling is sluggish on the Catalina 25 as compared to the Vic 18, but in the Catalina 25, you can sure get there alot faster, and go alot further in less wind, and in more comfort.
Sure the Marina is where the action is, with the other sailors, and the big boats, and the comforts of home, and the weekends on the lake and the restaurants, and the pubs, and so on.
But you know what, My life is not sailing, I have a responsibility to my family, my home, my work, and myself to be as open and and flexible as possible. To learn more about the world, and the things in it.
With my Victoria 18, I can still enjoy the sailing adventure to its fullest, and push myself in learning more about sailing, while still leaving enough resources for the rest of the people that share in my life.