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CMSailingSoon 11-25-2011 11:21 PM

Needing information on a potential boat
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Hello forum users! My boyfriend and I are looking to buy our first sailboat. We live in KY, but are looking to purchase something that can put us on both the large lakes of the region and ocean waters around FL and the Bahamas. We're both 20 years of age, with limited sailing experience, but eager to learn and ready to get on the water as soon as possible.
We have been searching for an ideal boat on Craigslist in the area of NC when we stumbled upon an ad for a boat that seemed promising. Below is a picture of the ad.

I've been in contact with the owner about my questions of the boat, and the owner has been prompt and seemingly honest in his replies, but I've been unable to find a review for it. Does anyone recognize what we're looking at? Does the vessel seem to be in good condition and adequate for our proposed sailing needs? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Yorksailor 11-26-2011 02:46 AM

It looks like a nice little boat and it's price is half of what I paid for my inflatable dinghy.

If the sails are in reasonable condition it looks like a good buy.

Great for the lakes and the Florida Keys but a bit small for sailing to the Bahamas. Not impossible but you would need to be very careful of the weather.

Good Luck Phil

CorvetteGuy 11-26-2011 07:59 AM

The boat seems to be in good shape, and would make a good starter boat to learn on but for any extended crusing you might want somthing bigger, mabey with head room and a galley. Whatever you choose welcome to the world of sailing and have fun

emoney 11-26-2011 08:32 AM

Don't know the boat, but it's cute. If it were me (for all that's worth, which is nothing), I wouldn't try to satisfy both needs yet. I say that, because outside of knowing that you're ready to learn to sail and that eventually you'd like to spend time in warmer climates, you're not sure what it is, exactly, that you really desire in a boat. Find one you like that's affordable, buy it, and enjoy it as much as possible. Then, you can get a feel for what's a "must have" for your next one.

BTW, which lakes in Kentucky? I'm originally from there, and ironically, my first sailboat, a USYacht 22', was sailed down from Ky to the west coast of Florida, which is where I picked her up.

bljones 11-26-2011 09:00 AM

What is your budget?
If You can stretch the funds, you might want to consider a West Wight Potter 19, possibly the best trailer sailor/camp cruiser ever built.
The Trailer Sailor

DouglasYoung 11-26-2011 11:25 AM

Looking at the boat it seems a very sturdy type. Built in England would suggest it has been well built. They have tight manufacturing rules. I would not hesitate to purchase but would caution until your competent don't go off shore.

mitiempo 11-26-2011 02:38 PM

I think it is a version of the Silhouette, built in the UK.

SILHOUETTE sailboat on

Here's a blog about one: A Silhouette called Misty

Here is the UK owner's group: Silhouette Owners International Association

killarney_sailor 11-26-2011 05:34 PM

I agree with Mitiempo about the boat ID. I doubt it is a 'Lloyd's' - I suspect that this refers to it being built to Lloyd's standards - which is a good thing - and is tied in some fashion to the famous marine insurance house in England.

I would not suggest that this is not a good deal, it may well be. Have you done lots of looking around? There are lots of decent available with prices starting at $0. If you have not checked, have a look and search for boats from 20 to 25' and from $500 to $2000 and see what you like. I saw a Catalina 22 for $1000 and a C&C 24 for $2000. Note that Yachtworld is not the best place to look for real bargains since they are being sold through a broker. Keep looking at eBay and Craigslist and at bulletin boards at sailing clubs for the real deals.

Good luck with it.

CMSailingSoon 11-27-2011 10:38 PM

Thank you, everyone, for the helpful reviews! We've been doing some more research, and are almost sure we're looking at a Silhouette, so thank you mitiempo and killarney.

We currently plan to start on KY lake and perhaps Cumberland, emoney. The plan of the man is to build his confidence on the lakes quickly so that we may move out to coastal sailing. We'll also use the lakes in the months we're unable to travel with school and work.

Taking everyone's information into consideration, along with the fact that Michael would prefer something larger, we're focusing on an O'day 22' at the moment. We both seem to think this will suit our needs more adequately than the Silhouette, but we must keep it in mind for the price, for now.

Thanks again, everyone! We greatly appreciate the knowledge from seasoned boaters and look forward to becoming a part of this great community.

richardinhingham 11-29-2011 07:52 AM

I like the Silhouette better than the O'Day--just in terms of the solidity of the boat. As others have pointed out, if you just want to go a little bigger, there are plenty of great 22's out there. I see the Catalina's everywhere, and they seem to get sailed a lot. I guess that is my reason for the preference. The O'Days that I see are rarely off their moorings. So the truth is I have no great reason for my preference other than, when I was looking for a boat, I didn't think the O'Days were as well built or designed as the other boats I looked at.

I looked at a LOT of boats.

I also agree with the folks who said "get a boat and sail for a while." If you use CL as your broker you will probably get about the same $$$ back as you put in to purchase it. I bought a 16' day sailer (AMF Sundbird) and we sailed that happily for two years. Then I heard a lot of complaints about tippiness and "facilities" and I purchased a considerably bigger boat. Turns out that I LOVED both boats and my family was unimpressed either way. Sail and see what happens for short money would be my advice!

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