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Windrose 24
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4 6164 Sat March 4, 2006
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Description: Windrose 24
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon May 3, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is a joy! It was specifically designed for cruising inland waters and near-shore sailing. Very large cockpit (where you and your crew spend most of your time, right?), bigger than many boats twice its size. Sliding stove/sink makes lots of room in the cabin, and the pop-top allows 6'2" clearance. Sleek lines. Outperforms C-25, C-22, O'Days, Helms, Irwin, Hunter, Pearson, Columbia, Cal-25, etc., and other boats three times its price, in terms of speed, pointing upwind, and ease of handling, including winds over 30 knots. BUC lists it at about $5,000, but it's worth more. With swing-keel and beaching-rudder up, draws only 18" (1', 6"), so you can beach her on smooth beaches, or sail in sand-bar infested lakes and rivers. Keel drops to 6'4". Sleek lines, well-built hull, deck, fittings. Not designed for far-offshore sailing (no pop-top boat is!), but the best boat I've sailed in 30 years, for what it was made for.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri August 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great coastal and inland boat. My wife and I *love* being able to explore shallow bays and moorings which no other sailboat can. The 18" draft on this is wonderful. The sliding galley opens up cabin space for rainy days. And the wonderfully long cockpit can hold 8 adults. It's too bad that Laguna Yachts (maker) went out of business (too much care in design, not enough in their marketing and p.r.?), this should be the most popular boat in its class. Easily trailerable. As with most swing-keel boats, if you sail in shallow water most of the time, you'll have the swing-keel up most of the time, so rake the mast back (or strap on a home-made fin in the bow) to balance the aftward shift in lateral-resistance from the keel (otherwise the bow tends to get pushed around by the wind). We paid $6,000 for ours in 1995, wouldn't sell now for $9,000.
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John Tornes
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Registered: September 2001
Review Date: Sun September 9, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We live in North Central Minnesota. The swing keel is excellent for the shallow lakes. We love the popup top. The boat handles well in most wind and has more storage than we will ever need. This is the first summer on Big Winnie and could not use the boat if it drew more than 18" of water because of the shallow, sandy shoreline. The boat is very stable with the 600# keel down. We recommend this boat to anyone.
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bmunse
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Registered: February 2006
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 16
Review Date: Sat March 4, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: large cockpit
Cons: idunno

I have owned this boat for 2 years and sail on the Misssissippi which when told, most people say, where? Yes, the Alton pool which has been a hot bed of sailing at least for me for these last two years. I wish this boat were as fast as the guys above me found theirs to be but it does move when the wind blows. I found the 33 cranks to raise and lower the keel a bit much so I installed a $50 Harbor freight winch to do the job.( My other wench objected to the 33 cranks). It's a good boat. No complaints. Can't wait to see if I can make 2 footitis 6 footitis. I paid 2500 for the boat with wrung out sails and a decent trailer. Barry Munsell
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