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Eyerish 07-28-2013 05:50 PM

Choosing a small sailboat
I am seeking your help with narrowing down a few choices of boat. For background, this would be my first sailboat purchase. It will primarily be used on inland lakes and trailered around 10 miles or less most of the time. It will be kept out of the water primarily (i.e. not docked or moored) at most extreme, someday apostle islands but unlikely b/c would probably charter. I learned to sail on a Rhodes 22, which has been the majority of my hours.
1986 seaward slipper 17' - good condition. Sloop rigged. Most of what I have read seems good, but I can't find much info on this particular boat.Hoping some of you have real world experience.
1977 american 22' - good condition. Downside is it is a little heavier and older.
197? Catalina 22' - there are a few of these in varying conditions, but seem the most ubiquitous for parts, questions, etc.
198? Com-PAC 16' - good condition. I have read mixed reviews.

I think it is between the compac and the seaward, and i am leaning towards the seaward slipper. These are all about the same price, btw. Thanks for your input.


benesailor 07-28-2013 07:30 PM

Re: Choosing a small sailboat
i kind of like the cat 22/swing keel for resale value and parts availability. Lots of after market parts as well. Large owners group.
I like the lay out as well.

Eyerish 07-28-2013 08:33 PM

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Thanks for the input. I agree re: parts and owners. I may end up with a cat 22 but I guess I'm secretly hoping for someone to give me more of a review of the slipper 17 (which might have been a better title for the post) only because I've developed a crush on her already ( a dangerous position when boat shopping!)

CalebD 07-28-2013 10:29 PM

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Slipper 17' spec:
SLIPPER 17 sailboat specifications and details on

If you love it, get it.

I think I'd also prefer a C22 center board model over a Slipper.
The Slipper has a shallow draft of around 19" and would be tough to handle in stronger winds.

MarkCK 07-28-2013 11:13 PM

Choosing a small sailboat
If you like the seaward you should probably buy it. New they were all moderately priced trailer sailors. All were nice boats. The Catalina was/is the most successful of the bunch. Personally I would go with the Compac just because its well built and salty looking. The seaward has the same general look but probably isn't quite the same caliber if boat. Although if I was guessing I would say the seaward is a little faster just because its lighter.

Eyerish 07-30-2013 02:39 PM

Re: Choosing a small sailboat
just to update for future readers of this thread: I am now the owner of a Seaward 17 (slightly different from Slipper 17, Seward Fox, and even Starboard Yachts Slipper 17)

Now, to figure out the rigging... I will post results for anyone interested

SHNOOL 07-30-2013 03:40 PM

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Well that had to be the shortest "which boat to buy" to "I bought this" I've seen on here yet....

Congrats on the new boat... Seaward makes a nice boat, the slipper is quite different looking, very salty for the size.... it should be an interesting review once you've had it a while.

Eyerish 07-30-2013 05:04 PM

Re: Choosing a small sailboat
They say when you meet, you just know, right? :rolleyes:

CalebD 07-30-2013 08:58 PM

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So, does the Seaward 17' you bought look like this:
Seaward Fox 17, 1989, Mayo, Maryland, sailboat for sale from Sailing Texas

jimgo 07-30-2013 09:27 PM

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Congratulations! I was eyeing up the 25's by Seaward. Out of my budget, but wow, pretty boats.

Why hasn't anyone else asked for the PICTURES!?!?!?

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