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Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

I'm interested purchasing a small sailboat for my wife and I to sail around on the lakes in my area. I am an experienced small boat sailor [ sailboards, Hobie 16, Force 5]. My last boat was a Force 5, a blast to sail single, but too small for the wife too, so I sold it. These 2 boats are available in my area[sort of] and I have not sailed [ or seen]either yet. Looking for a lively day sailer with a bit of comfort [sit in not on] The Buccaneer is a freshwater boat that has had little use [$900 w/ trailer] . The C-15 looks rougher , but has sails and a mast/boom from a newer boat [ $600 w/ trailer] A C-Lark 14 is also a possibility, but is 5 hours away and $1000. anyone have any experience with any of these boats? which would you choose? I know actually getting out on the water with the boat would be best, but the Coronado is pretty far away and I would have to meet owner half way.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

I would say the C-15 is a sit-ON, not a sit-in, and for that reason, I do not like them.

I've never seen the other two, but they appear to be sporty. You may like that, but your wife may not, especially if she is inexperienced. Of the two, the Buccaneer looks more comfortable.

Since you asked which would I choose, my first answer is neither, but that is based on my wife, not yours. Beyond that, I recommend that you bring your wife along to look at boats and buy the one she likes the best. If you want something else in the future, you can change boats easier and cheaper than changing wives.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

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I would say the C-15 is a sit-ON, not a sit-in, and for that reason, I do not like them.

I've never seen the other two, but they appear to be sporty. You may like that, but your wife may not, especially if she is inexperienced. Of the two, the Buccaneer looks more comfortable.

Since you asked which would I choose, my first answer is neither, but that is based on my wife, not yours. Beyond that, I recommend that you bring your wife along to look at boats and buy the one she likes the best. If you want something else in the future, you can change boats easier and cheaper than changing wives.
thanks. I agree, the Bucc looks more comfy, and since it's larger that makes sense.It looks barely used too. My other choice is a Potter 15, but that's a lot of boat and looks really slow, I like to go fast and I like a boat that handles well and is not too complicated. I don't think the wife would mind sporty, but putting her in the Force 5 on a high wind day was a mistake, she got banged up and fell out, and was a little put out when I didn't stop the boat and back up for her.She did like sailing on the Hobie though, so she's not opposed tho speed and spray. A nice clean cockpit without a lot of things for her to bang into would be a plus, as would a reasonable boom height.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

The Buc is a performance dinghy! It has a rep for getting spirited as the wind picks up. So if fast is your thing, that's a plus! it has a little sister, the Mutineer. Less of a handful, but still no slouch! Both boats are supported through National Associations.

Everything will feel slow relative to your Hobie. And, if you can handle the Hobie in mod to high wind nothing you are looking at will be a problem.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

thanks, the C-15 is supposed to be a performance [racing] dinghy too, and it supports a trap, which could be fun. I think I'm leaning towards the c-15 as it has newer sails and is a little lighter.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

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I'm interested purchasing a small sailboat for my wife and I to sail around on the lakes in my area. I am an experienced small boat sailor [ sailboards, Hobie 16, Force 5]. My last boat was a Force 5, a blast to sail single, but too small for the wife too, so I sold it. These 2 boats are available in my area[sort of] and I have not sailed [ or seen]either yet. Looking for a lively day sailer with a bit of comfort [sit in not on] The Buccaneer is a freshwater boat that has had little use [$900 w/ trailer] . The C-15 looks rougher , but has sails and a mast/boom from a newer boat [ $600 w/ trailer] A C-Lark 14 is also a possibility, but is 5 hours away and $1000. anyone have any experience with any of these boats? which would you choose? I know actually getting out on the water with the boat would be best, but the Coronado is pretty far away and I would have to meet owner half way.
Our local yacht club has a racing class for the Buccaneer 18s. They look like they are relatively roomy - yet a lot of fun.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

We own a Bucc 18. The cockpit is very large, yet tacking or jibing does require a degree of agility from the crew, simply because the vang, mainsheet, and centerboard trunk create a moderately small window to dive thru.
that will give you an idea. Boom is mid height. Cockpit is very comfortable, either sitting or hiking. As for it being a 'sit-in' boat... not in anything over 7kts, it isn't. Hiking required from both crew. Fun boat to singlehand in light air, but the Bucc is a double handful of trouble in stronger breezes. Easy to right if it goes over, considering it is a 500# boat. I've done it myself @ 140lbs.

Either boat would be fine. C15 is closer to your F5; Bucc is like a Flying Scot with a mean streak.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

BTW, a friend of mine locally owns a Coronado 15, tho I've never sailed on it. Wasn't all that impressed with the construction ... but then the early Buccs were no great shakes, build-wise. Less stuff to break on the Bucc. Bucc's much faster, and it has an active & growing class association.
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Re: Buccaneer 18 vs. Coronado C-15 [Catalina]

I have a 1973 C-15 here in North Alabama and love sailing it. My crew is just learning the trapeze, at 63 years old, and it has been fun. We do Portsmouth index racing against Daysailors, FSs, Thistles and Snipes. Thistle is by far the fastest, the rest are competitive, with the Portsmouth indexes helping. Most C-15s remove the round bar traveler, but I keep mine. It would definitely help the cockpit room, but I think it helps in the very light inland lake winds of summer. I really like the C-15 community, a yahoo group and the C15 Association Home Site. Also on Facebook, but the yahoo group is the best and has helped me get sailing. Our first race is in a couple weeks.
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