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post #9 of Old 12-07-2009
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My situation is very similar. I used to own a larger keelboat but rarely got to the coast where I had her tied up. I bought a 1985 Potter 19 as an interim boat to keep me on the water for the next five years or so. The P-19 has been perfect for me. I trailer it with our mini-van and sail it on local lakes as well as at the coast. Despite the fact that there are 4 berths I really only consider the P-19 comfortable for two adults or for one adult and two kids. While it is a slow boat and does not point particularly well I feel very safe in it when I'm single handing a few miles offshore. If cost is an issue I would consider any Potter made in the 90s by International Marine to be a fine choice. My 1985 P-19 was built with poorer construction standards so I had to a bit of work to her (mostly beefing up the centerboard trunk and adding backing plates for the deck hardware)

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