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post #289 of Old 08-18-2013
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Venture 17 restoration

Anyone still subscribed to this? I sold my 17 and bought a V21. The guy who bought my V17 had big plans to repaint and reupholster - at last update he was well on his way and it was looking good. I'm amazed at the number of parts that fit both boats - the rudder/tiller are identical. (Unless one of my boats had the wrong one when I got it). Teak hatch rails are the same, V-berth cushions are darn close - with the 17 actually being a bit bigger - more flared out at the bow. The 21 does have a bigger "sitting area" in the cabin, and more headroom. It also has a fiberglass liner instead of a bare floor/hull inside. (Not sure if that's a good thing or not)

The cockpit is longer too. The mast is the same extrusion but longer (so you could make a V17 "tall rig" if you wanted to)

Bow pulpit looks familiar but I didn't measure.

Just keep that in mind if you need 17 parts - a 21 may have them!

The trailers were deceivingly similar, but not the same. The 17 trailer was as wide as a typical car. The 21 trailer was too wide to fit on a car trailer - it was quite a rig to tow home.

Keep the expenses low and the good times high.

S/V Waitara
Venture 21
PA Freshwater / Chesapeake
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