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West Wight Potter 19
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Review Date: Fri February 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I contacted International Marine and eight other manufacturers based on the general specs from Cruising World's 1996 Sailor's Sourcebook. IM sent a good package of materials and the name of a local Potter 19 owner whom I contacted. I examined his boat and went on two sails. If this owner is typical, I strongly recommend that a prospective buyer request phone numbers and contact nearby owners (too much money to spend without a test ride). I found the manufacturer's claims to be pretty accurate. The boat really is easy to trailer, set-up, sail and keep in a garage, but watch out for industry garageability claims; you need exact and complete measurements to know if any boat will fit your space, and most manufacturers can't give truly accurate information. My Potter sails flat, stays dry, and is very forgiving. I've examined mine thoroughly and believe it is significantly better built than many boats in it's price range. I've found every aspect ot micro cruising is a compromise. The Potter design is the end result of many calculated compromises, and an owner must understand what he is giving up, and what he is getting. The Potter is certainly not the only boat I considered, nor is it the only boat with which I would have been happy. I've continued to re-evaluate my choices (a really annoying personality trait), but have not found a better choice or value for the parameters I established.
Basically, I endorse the Potter as a good product, well built, reasonably priced, and well supported by the manufacturer. The individuals with whom I have dealt at IM have been friendly and helpful -- especially after the sale!!!l. They know sailing and their boat. I had modest dreams when I ordered my boat; After two trips to the Gulf of Mexico, and a taste of rough weather, I have a great deal of respect for the Potter. I now dream much grander dreams.

Six months later: Still out there sailing and learning. The daggerboard is the key design element that influences comparisons with other boats. It has some minuses, but the plus column is really long. The ;Potter continues to impress me with it's seaworthiness and versatility; the boat will do just about anything (within reason), but it's light weight is a disadvantage in rough seas. I've made a few modifications and have others in progress. Anyone considering a trailerable boat, regardless of size, should consider the Potters. Even if you plan to leave your boat in the water all the time, the P19 still merits serious consideration.
After a year:
I've now made several trips to the Gulf of Mexico and sailed a wide variety of freshwater lakes (often launching where I'm told sailboats can't go). The P19 continues to impress me. I've made foolish and careless mistakes but been spared by the Potter's forgiving nature. As a 19 foot sailboat the P19 is a good one, but it really shines when used to explore the less travelled waterways. Two people can definitely spend an extended vacation on this boat.

After two years, I've learned alot more and could not recommend the P19 more highly (as long as your expectations match it's desugn).









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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Tue April 22, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My West Wight 19 (named HMS 18 when built in 1973), has been my faithful friend for nearly 15 years. Bought used, I paid $4,800 for it. Since that ime, I have ripped out the indoor outdoor caprtet headliner and repalced it with cedar, added electrical monitoring, VHF, depthsounder, better stove, more water storage, and other features making it a true cruiser. While the boat is certainly small, I have very confidnece that it can safely handle weather that a boat twice it's size is comfortable with.

I especially like the positive foam flotation, a feature that fifteen years ago was novel in sailboats. I also like the simplicity of the boat. The drop keel has no inside moving parts, everything is easy to see, fix, and keep up.

I find that sailing on a beam or broad reach, the boat will consitantly maintain speeds of 5-5.5 knots in 12 knots of breeze. The boat does not tack much closer that 50 degrees to the wind with any speed. You can tack as close as 40 degrees, but the boat tends to stall at that narrow point of attack.

The boat is failry wet going to weather in any kind of swell or chop (more than three foot waves). My favorite sailing is on a broad reach, setting a 180 genoa with the main. The boat is docile, yet feels much bigger than her size.

I have rigged a downhaul on the jib so all sails can be raised and lowered from the cockpit.

Because the boat is so small, you can stand safely inside the forward hatch and reach either the mast or the forestay to do whatever needs to be done on the foredeck.

The boat is boxy looking, and a little plain. Not a Nat Herreshoff design by any means. Yet the look grows on you, and the simplicity and practical nature of the boat wins me over. I can rig and launch the boat, by myself, in 15 minutes.

I have looked at he newWest Wight 19 boats, and am disappointed with the finsih work. The structurall work seems OK, but the quality of the finsih woodworking on my boat is far superior to the new ones.

Given that life is a compormise, I think that my little boat is not a bad solution to the dilema of cost/ease of use/versatility/and fun.

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Review Date: Mon February 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A very stable craft capable of far heavier weather than you would think.Always a pleasant ride. keel keeps it from too much heeling even in heavy winds. Seems to excell in "small craft warning" days. easy to rig and launch. Sleeping arrangements depend on your size. Probably the best boat i could buy for the money and get what it has.The factory folks are very nice and helpfull. You actually get help. They are just great folks. I would advise getting the compass and depth finder from the factory installed, the price is right and let them sweat the cutting.I would advise getting the genoa in stead of the lapper or jib. You'll need the extra area to get this baby moving. This boat is really a trade off between speed and stability so get the genoa you won't regret it. Craftmenship is real good. No problems at all. NIce feature is you can go anywhere even onto a sandy beach for the night, just crank up the keel.
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Review Date: Tue January 15, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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19 foot West Wight Potter for sale in excellent condition. $8500. Call or email for specifics
Day: 603-474-5571, x-1259
Night: 603-659-4101Email: akrumpe@dgo.com
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Review Date: Tue May 21, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I owned "Puffin" for 8 years and sailed on inland lakes. It was my 7th sailboat and twenty years of sailing. The boat was great for my wife and I and two young children. We loved camping out in shallow coves and creeks. I took it out many times in small craft warnings, it was wet but I never had a problem. Needs light air sails or good motor since sailplan is small. When wind was good I actually caught and passed many larger sailboats on a reach. Coffin berths OK for kids if you add vents at the foot and a cabin fan. Vee berth can sleep two adults but short headroom and better for under 6'2" people. Excellent trailering and launching. Excellent customer service with new Potter manufacturer.
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Review Date: Tue May 21, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I owned "Puffin" for 8 years and sailed on inland lakes. It was my 7th sailboat and twenty years of sailing. The boat was great for my wife and I and two young children. We loved camping out in shallow coves and creeks. I took it out many times in small craft warnings, it was wet but I never had a problem. Needs light air sails or good motor since sailplan is small. When wind was good I actually caught and passed many larger sailboats on a reach. Coffin berths OK for kids if you add vents at the foot and a cabin fan. Vee berth can sleep two adults but short headroom and better for under 6'2" people. Excellent trailering and launching. Excellent customer service with new Potter manufacturer.
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Review Date: Tue May 21, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I owned "Puffin" for 8 years and sailed on inland lakes. It was my 7th sailboat and twenty years of sailing. The boat was great for my wife and I and two young children. We loved camping out in shallow coves and creeks. I took it out many times in small craft warnings, it was wet but I never had a problem. Needs light air sails or good motor since sailplan is small. When wind was good I actually caught and passed many larger sailboats on a reach. Coffin berths OK for kids if you add vents at the foot and a cabin fan. Vee berth can sleep two adults but short headroom and better for under 6'2" people. Excellent trailering and launching. Excellent customer service with new Potter manufacturer.
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Review Date: Tue May 21, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I owned "Puffin" for 8 years and sailed on inland lakes. It was my 7th sailboat and twenty years of sailing. The boat was great for my wife and I and two young children. We loved camping out in shallow coves and creeks. I took it out many times in small craft warnings, it was wet but I never had a problem. Needs light air sails or good motor since sailplan is small. When wind was good I actually caught and passed many larger sailboats on a reach. Coffin berths OK for kids if you add vents at the foot and a cabin fan. Vee berth can sleep two adults but short headroom and better for under 6'2" people. Excellent trailering and launching. Excellent customer service with new Potter manufacturer.
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Review Date: Sun September 22, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have recently puchased a Potter
(HMS) 19, I love my boat. while
it isn't all that good to weather,
(yet) It is stable, easy to sail,
and perfect for a couple on weekends. There is a great support
group of potter people, and I
can't wait to do the San Juans
next year! I intend to do some baysailing here in Coos Bay Or.
I find that I like it better in
some ways to my old Catalina 25,
(never pardner with anyone, ever
never.) and with the numerous mods
out there I know I can make it
preform better than stock.
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Registered: April 2000
Review Date: Tue November 5, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The P19 is a wonderful boat for both beginners and seasoned sailors. It's a forgiving boat, simple to rig, so it's perfect for first time sailors who are serious about learning the art of sailing.

For experienced sailors, it's a great way to enjoy sailing a multi-sail boat, yet it's small enough to easily dock, undock, and single hand. With the porta potty, butane stove, sink, and four berths, it's fun to take out for the weekend.

The simple elegance of these boats makes customizing your Potter a breeze. Many folks add a bimini, customize the cockpit layout for single handing, and convert the kick-up rudder to a one piece. Older potters have proven easy to adapt for dual battery systems, a chart table, and customized storage layouts.

The kick up rudder and retractable centerboard make beaching the P19 easy. Exploring new gunkholes is easy, since the rudder/centerboard combo allow you to go to very shallow depths to search out new beaches and picnic spots.
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Registered: September 2008
Posts: 5
Review Date: Tue September 9, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: trailerability, stability.
Cons: gelcoat problems

My HMS Potter 19 from Intl Marine had gelcoat problems. They were good about it but after a repeat of same problem I got tired of it.

Other than gelcoat problems she was a fine vessel. Sailed in pretty shallow Florida Keys, Tampa Bay and Charleton bay.

Change blocks to Harken quickly.
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