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ComPac 19
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Description: ComPac 19
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Review Date: Tue October 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Review Date: Sun January 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The ComPac 19 is a stable, traditional looking sloop that is ideally suited for day sailing (with up to 4 people) and light cruising (no more than 2). The boat is heavily constructed, and contains higher quality hardware than most boats its size. A primary feature of the design is a fixed keel with 2ft of draft and 800lbs of ballast. This does away with the potential maintenance problems associated with swing keels, and provides excellent stability even in high winds (20+ knots). However, the shallow draft limits upwind performance. The boat will point fairly high in most conditions, but its performance will not in any way be confused with a racing design.

One of the primary reasons we selected this boat was the ease of trailering. The boat is a little heavy for it's size (expect about 3000lbs including trailer and gear), but the small size makes it maneuverable. The fixed keel requires a fairly steep ramp, but a little coordination with the tides has allowed us to launch at all of the ramps we have yet attempted. We pull ours with a Nissan Pathfinder -- expect to use a sport utility, pick-up, or mini-van. I wouldn't have tried to pull the boat with the Ford Taurus I used to own.

Strenghts: good sailing performance, high quality construction, relatively easy trailering, fixed keel and ample ballast mean you really can go sailing when it's blowing 15knts. . .

Weaknesses: this is no racing boat -- upwind you'll have to take your time

Summary -- a safe, easy boat to sail that will meet your needs if you want to get out on the water with friends and have a relaxing day or two.
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Review Date: Thu August 28, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Com-Pac 19 is a nice, sturdy shoal-draft trailerable sloop with a roomy cockpit, reasonably nice cabin (for a 19-footer) and a very salty, traditional look.

Features:

Fixed, shoal-draft keel

Aluminum kick-up rudder

Masthead rig, carries ~200 feet of sail

Bowsprit with anchor roller

4 berths + portapotty & (optionally) mini-galley

Nifty opening bronze portholes


A very nicely sailing boat, for a shoal draft pocket cruiser. She carries a significant weight in the keel, and the hull is beamy and less rounded than the Com-Pac 16, so the boat is both initially and ultimately quite stable. The boat sails with much less heel than the 16, and provides a comfortable ride even in good winds. The rigging is sturdy and well done, seems very strong. Generally feels like a strong boat: nothing flexes, bends, shakes, etc. when it's not supposed to. Running rigging is fine, the winches work well (though often aren't necessary...).

The cockpit is roomy and comfortable. There are lazarette lockers capable of holding just about everything, and there is a gas-can storage cover that safely stows a pretty good-sized gas can. There are lifelines, a stern rail, and a boarding ladder. We also have an inexpensively made bimini top, which is a fabric and PVC construction that breaks down for stowage, puts up in a few minutes, and works surprisingly well. We often leave it up when anchored, to add a little privacy to the cockpit.

The cabin is less roomy, of course, but we do sleep two adults and four kids (!) in it. Routinely. (The kids are small: three on the v-berth, one between mom & dad on a cushion between the quarterberths.) I'm not a small person, and I find the berths more than adequately roomy. There is some storage in the cabin, helped considerably by a very clever shelf above the forward two feet or so of the v-berth. (This shelf isn't standard, but could be made at very little cost by anyone with a little imagination. It looks like it belongs there.) Opening bronze portholes let in nice ventilation. We also (usually) banish the portapotty to the cockpit for the night. We are planning to extend the accomodations by sewing a cockpit tent over the winter...

The boat motors quite nicely with my trusty 10-year-old Honda 5 4-stroke engine. (Nice engine: quiet, clean, bulletproof, but a bit heavy.)

We have trailered the boat for about 2000 miles so far behind our minivan (Caravan V6) and there have been no problems. We have had one experience where a ramp wasn't deep enough to conveniently launch, so we had to shove a bit to get it off the trailer. Retrieval (even at the same ramp) has never been a problem. Rigging/unrigging takes me about a half-hour either way. (Of course, loading and unloading all the kid stuff takes me _another_ half-hour!)

Weaknesses of the boat are largely related to its size and the compromises necessary to trailer a cruising sailboat. Obviously, we'd like a bigger cabin, but I'm not willing to tow anything much bigger or heavier, so we make do. I'm planning on adding some more shelves inside, and do a few other things to make the cabin more livable.

Another concern with the design is that the boat does _not_ have positive foam flotation. (No place to put it!) She has a very strong hull, and she's as sturdy a boat as I've ever seen in that size, but if she fills with water, she will sink. (Or so the factory tells me...) To this end, I'm planning on buying an air bladder flotation bag if I ever get any distance offshore. (We do carry an inflatable raft capable of floating all of us, FWIW.) In any case, I can't imagine anything on my waters that would knock this boat over, but prudence (put the hatchboards in in bad weather, etc.) is definitely in order.

Overall, my family and I are very happy with this boat, and plan on sailing her for a long time. She's a pleasure to sail on, and even to look at. People stop and admire the boat all the time! The boat has been everything we had hoped for, and I recommend the model without reservation to anyone looking for a trailerable pocket cruiser.








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Review Date: Fri September 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Compac 19 is a trailorable, heavy displacement, fixed keel, shoal draft "pocket yacht". It is a very well constructed boat with excellent fit and finish. The hull is thickly hand laid fiberglass and very strong. The deck and cabin top/sides are constructed using the micro-balloon technique and this eliminates the plywood or balsa core which is prone to rotting. When you walk around on deck, there is no flexing of the fiberglass beneath your feet and you get a sense of solidity that is lacking on some other boats.

The interior has a very warm nautical appearence with a lot of wood and bronze potholes and is about as comfortable as you could possibly expect from a boat this size. I am 6'2" and find any one of the four berths more than adequate.
The cockpit is roomy and always dry, even under severe conditions.

The boat sails surprisingly well and it has a tendency to make you feel very secure. It's heavy ballasted keel makes it self righting (if you can blow it over!) and creates a pleasant and enjoyable ride through large waves even when beating to weather. The hardware and rigging are sized for strength and reliability and all systems on the boat are well designed. This boat is very much a miniature yacht!

It is trully a real pleasure to own and skipper a boat like the Compac 19. It is built well and pleasing to the eye if you enjoy the semi-traditional looks of a Bob Johnson design. The ease of trailering and launching/retrieving this boat enables the owner to seek adventures in places that large sail boat owners can only dream of. Couple the versatility with low cost of operation and ownership and you will find that you can really own a boat like this, not vice versa.

In conclusion; I would highly recommend this boat to anyone that cannot resist exploring "just around the next point" and I will not hesitate to make my next boat a Compac as well.


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Registered: March 2001
Review Date: Mon November 15, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very nice boat for a basic day-sailer that you can take launch from a trailer very easily. It says it sleeps 4, but as usual, it is pretty much maxed out at 2.

It has all the nice features of a larger boat: bowsprit, stern rails, very sturdy stanchions, life lines, winches, genoa track, opening brass ports with screens, mid-ships cleating, halyards led to cockpit, electric panel, and more. The interior is suprisingly spacious for a 19' with nice teak panelling and that nice carpet type finish on the hull. Ton's of storage for a boat it's size in the cockpit lazarette's and the aft quarter berths. The v-berth is actually bigger on many of the 30-footers I'm looking at. Of course, the v-berth is the whole cabin, pretty much.

We have gone many comments on the handsome appearance, with it's saucy sheer, and boatish good looks. Overall, though, it's basically a case of "Honey, I shrunk the yacht".

It is a shoal draft, no centerboard, and draws two feet. Great for gunkholing. However, as a result, windward performance is not the greatest, and downwind performance is not tremendous either. The other factor is that the shrouds are completely outboard, so the sheeting angle will never be that small to get those tight tacks.

It does a great little reach, though. Since it is adequately balasted, and has a fairly high aspect ratio for a boat of it's size, it will take big air fairly well. I have roller furling and ran all season in Narraganset on a 150 genoa. I only went up to the first reef points on the main twice. The most heel I have gotten has been 33 degrees at which point it rounds up and spills the main.

It does have a genoa track which is nice for setting the sheeting angle on upwind vs. downwind. The first addition I would recommend is a boom vang which somehow didn't make the original equipment list.

In conclusion, it's a great little day sailor that one can overnight in. We have spent up to five nights at a shot, but it was definately pushing it. This boat is super solid. Quality, design, and attention to detail is top notch, and I don't believe you could find a nicer trailerable "pocket cruiser".


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