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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » Z - Boats starting with 'Z' » Zuma by Alcort

 
Zuma by Alcort Zuma by Alcort
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon December 23, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wow!!! I just saw the price of a new ZUMA, West Marine carries them for around, hold on to your halyard, $3,000.
Now come on!!!!!! Anyway let me tell you about the great Zuma that I bought this past summer. I have owned over 30 boats in my 47 years, power, sail, catamarans, monohulls, sailboards, old, new, some people say I have a substance abuse. The substance is fiberglass or wood, with dacron a extra high. Anyway onto the ZUMA first let me tell you It is a fantastic boat, it may even be worth the $3,000. for a new one, but here is the secret. THE ZUMA IS NOT A RACING CLASS, therefore you are not going to pay the premium for a class controlled design. Some classes are made by only one manufacturer and they will sell at a price that the market will bear, but when you are buying a non-class dingy USED there are no fleets that help push up the price. The difference between the ZUMA and say a Laser is not much except about $1,000 for a used boat. So if you want a boat to race in a local fleet, buy whatever is being raced in that local fleet.
IF ON THE OTHER HAND, you just want to sail a great boat that is very very responsive, fast, easy to maintain, can be rigged in about 10 minutes, lasts for a long time with only a little soap, water, and wax. Consider buying a new or USED Zuma. I love this boat, I love to sail it, I once sailed one from Miami, to Elliot Key, a repeat cruise that was regularly done on Force Fives, ( another great boat ). This is the essence of sailing, take it anywhere, on top of your car, or trailer behind the smallest auto. One person can handle it off a trailer, two to get it off the roof of a car, and one or two to sail. No lights, no engine, no head, just sail, hull, hiking straps, (need adjusting) and a centerboard you can watch cutting through the water when you're heeled over on a nice breeze sliding along the shore in Key West or Craigeville Beach. I will be sailing mine out of Epping Forest, Severn River, Annapolis, and I plan to circumnavigate Tilghman Island, Maryland, next summer as my contribution to the world of exploration, adventure and singlehanded wildness. Okay, so I've succumbed to the early signs of winter armchair sailing.
The only weakness I can think of is I think it could handle a little more sail area, on the other hand, It moves right along. I am very satisfied, the boat was in NEW condition when I paid the asking price of $700. WARNING this is a wet boat and non sailors may not like the cramped spartan, wet, no shade, wet, sometimes cold and wet, basics of a small dingy, athletic ability diminishes the likelyhood and joy of a capsize. I love it and sail mostly alone in the Zuma, and sail with my wife in our Pearson P26. If you learn to sail a Zuma I am sure you could sail the P26 BUT the fact that you can sail the P26 does not mean you could sail the ZUMA.
I have decided to form a ZUMA class association and start holding regattas. My $700. boat is now a $1,700 racer. If you need anymore accolades on this boat email me and I'll be right back with some answer. Enjoy.
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Review Date: Sun October 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have sailed this old Zuma on Long Island Sound off of Orient Point where I live and I must say how fast responsive and brilliantly designed it is. The design of 13' with the centerboard easily accesible to adjust quickly in fast changing and unpredictable winds makes it a joy. One time, like a jerk, I didn't check the weather and I was out for hours, when a storm sprang up with what must have been 4or 5 foot waves. It was difficult but the Zuma held up on the roller-caoster ride back to shore. I was lucky not to crack the hull on the surf. I only wish it had a jib like the Snark. But I still consider it superior to the Snark mostly because of the price. I paid $500.00 at "Sail Action" in Southampton, NY, and it has been the best $500.00 I ever spent. If you want an inexpensive boat to teach you how to really sail, new or used, this is what you're looking for. Happy sailing!!!!
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Review Date: Wed September 19, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I learned how to sail this year using my new ZUMA and it has been a blast. I read a few books and basicly taught myself how to sail. Keep in mind that this boat is not just for beginer sailers, this boat can cruise in light to moderate wind 5-16k.

Construction seems very good but I am concerned about a few areas in the fiberglass that may be thin on the topside. This is in part because this boat only weighs 130lbs.

I have had three adults on this boat and every thing worked out fine but that was a little cramped. I would suggest two or less.


I wish it had a little larger sail plan 65 sqft is good but not great. A jib would be a great addition but doesn't seem possible with the zipper sleeve sail.
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Review Date: Wed May 10, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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Hi,

We think the ZUMA is a fast fun boat too. We have a support group started to bring together owners. The group is a Forum, a source for rigging guides, and a place to find other Zuma sailors in your area.

Please stop by. It's free to join and member supported by way of everyone's input to help one another.

You can find the group here -
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zumasailing

C & W
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sanjuan2R
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Salem, OR
Posts: 98
Review Date: Wed June 7, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Quick, rugged 14 ft. centerboard that ROCKS. Great wet boat to learn to sail on.
Cons: Takes two people to car top.

Fun & fast . Great boat to learn to sail in changing conditions yet strong enough to get you to shore. Paid only $600 for my gem and got every penny's worth of enjoyment while I sailed it. Basically, a great lake sailing boat but it responds NOW. Would recommend it to any novice to learn how to sail first on the Zuma - then try something bigger if you have the urge.
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