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American Daysailor 14.6
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Description: American Daysailor 14.6
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Review Date: Sat June 12, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

14.6 daysailor sloop with 20ft center step mast,bought new in 1995,motor mount bracket,kickup rudder and centerboard. boat sails well in light to medium winds (up to 20mph). has serious problems with basic design flaws,such as:
1.the centerboard has way too much freeplay, results in linear cracking and separation of centerboard trunk from base of boat. boat shop repairs only held for 2 months, i've had to repair multiple times, seems to be design flaw. boatyard tells me they've seen same problem on this model before and recommend lining trunk with carpeting or padding material.
2. mast seating is a metal plate with two U side supports, of poor design quality. during solo rigging, mast seating is a hope and a prayer at best, and i have to use a c clamp to force the side plates back together after seating the mast

i would not recommend this boat model to anyone, i've had serious ongoing problems with the centerboard trunk since the fall of the first season i owned it, and have continued with same, despite padding.it has become extremely difficult to seat the mast due to the poor design of the bracket. it was $5000 new.
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Review Date: Mon August 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good quality, great rudder
Cons: none

Bought the 14.6 new because we wanted a daysailer that would set up easily. The boat has high quality fiberglass and good fittings, Harken and Dwyer. I added a topping lift to make raising the main easier. Great rudder system, I wish my bigger boat had a rudder this good. The boat also makes a good fishing boat, leave the mast and boom and rudder at home and slap on the 2 hp Yamaha. Drop a bit of centerboard so it tracks straight under power and start fishing! Sails fast, will go on plane.
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Review Date: Fri October 5, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,050.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: easy to sail alone, very stable, weighted centerboard
Cons: none

I bought the boat used in September 2007 and I have not been disapointed. I have owned a Zuma, Capri Cyclone 13 and Hobie 14 turbo. I wanted more of a stable family boat and this is it -- easy to rig and sail. Features centerboard with up and down lines, rudder with up and down lines plus roller-furling jib available. For pictures and new owners group check out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/american14-6/
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Registered: September 2008
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Review Date: Mon February 22, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Better build quality than majority, easy to sail, stable, recovers from gusts to 25MPH quickly without shipping water.
Cons: could find none

I paid $5,000.00 for this used boat' two years ago, after sailing in a sister boat for a couple o mos. It has proven very versatile for up to 3 passengers. It seems to slow dow a bit with that many on board. I normally sail with a 200 # friend and we have gotten it up to sustained 7.5 mph per gps during 16mph winds.

I would add the roller furler to make it easier to sail. The 40# thrust Minn Kota that came with it is fine for going out lake sailing but not for going against a current with wind against. It just lacks power (tops out at 3.5 mph no wind) and sometimes you have to add paddling to get going into current and wind. I purchased a gasoline 3.5hp outboard and it chugs it along at hull speed nonchalantly.

We sail it in the Intracoastal and on the ocean.
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