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Cortez 16

Anyone heard of / sailed on /own a Cortez 16 ft? Made in Phoenix, AZ I believe.
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Re: Cortez 16

designed by Will Crealock who designed many good boats. several columbia designs. sailed one once seemed ok but very small sail area. biggest 16' boat I ever sailed. I remember as the beer supply got lower the boat seemed to go faster. fun but not even fast
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Re: Cortez 16

Yes, I own a Cortez 16.
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Re: Cortez 16

I have a cortez 16 and would like to have discusions with other owners as i would like to fix er up a bit as well make sure she is performing as designed ... perhaps aquir another one , have sails made or purchase gear etc... ive sailed mine for @ 4 seasons on lake dilion
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Re: Cortez 16

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I have a cortez 16 and would like to have discusions with other owners
I suggest you check out Trailer Sailor. They are aimed more at the smaller, trailerable boats. You can find a lot more general info here on SailNet, but TS is probably better for specific info.

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Re: Cortez 16

I also have a 16 Cortez. #102
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Re: Cortez 16

thanks for the reply, id like to be able to discuss the boats character, maybe tune it up better... etc. do you sail her much? how long have you had her?
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Re: Cortez 16

I have been sailing mine for about 13 years. I need to get new sails, mine are so stressed that i have to rig it with an open foot. But even with bad sails, it can move. It did take me a few years to get the balance right. basically let go of the rudder, and set the keel. My sails have teletails on them.

I have noticed my cortez likes 7-15 knots of wind. Which is great cause I live in Oklahoma. The bad part is all the lakes within 150 miles are at 50 - 60% capacity. I haven't been able to launch in a few years.

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Re: Cortez 16

Sorry I am so late in continuing this thread. If you're still monitoring it, I have maybe four cents worth to add.

I have owned my boat for three and a half years. Last year, I bought a new furling genoa (about 130%) but with the area lakes all so low I did not sail her. This year, I had knee surgery and am just now ready for the water again.

My boat is tough but tender. She likes winds in a very narrow zone of about 8-15 mph. Below and she won't really make way, above 15 and it gets very interesting in a hurry. She heels over quickly and I haven't yet found the spot where she stiffens naturally until she is being hit really hard by a side wind. She is very hard to point up toward the wind. By changing the weight distribution in the cuddy so she noses down a bit, I feel like I am able to reach better and the cockpit is also more level.

After a near disaster with a 47 mph micro-burst, I really did some re-thinking about this boat. I changed the way the boom was rigged - there was an odd little metal rail or bar at the stern that had no provision for sheeting in and holding the boom amidship. I now have two pad eyes with simple rigging that allows me to use the boom traveller cleat more effectively. I now the trimming capabilities of the furler. The new sail is waiting for some lake trials and the main has been re-sewn with a reef point added.

A few other things: The fiberglass hull is hand layed-up and it seems very substantial. Because the boat has such a tall freeboard it really needs a swim ladder for safety. The relatively heavy keel is quite reassuring. It is heavy enough that I think it would take a huge wind to knock this little boat down. While she launches rather easily, my boat is not easy to get back onto the trailer after being on the water. I have only sailed this boat on smallish lakes .

My rudder is very odd. I have to use trucker's tie downs in order to get it to pop up an down properly, but it is not very streamlined. How is your rudder assembly designed?
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Re: Cortez 16

Lark, can you post up some pictures?

I still have the original rudder also. I've been thinking about a new plastic broad one. But all of that is after new sails.

Sorry for the bad picture but all I got.
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