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US yachts- any good?
I bought an ''83 US Yachts 25'' almost exactly one year ago. Although I''ve sailed a bit in the past this is the first time I''ve owned a boat so I don''t have much to compare it to. Still, I''ve found it to be a terrific boat. Sails very well into the wind and reaching. Not bad on a run downwind.
The only real problem I have with it is the outboard rig. In order to reach the throttle controls you really have to reach, I mean lean right out over the transom, which means you''re facing the wrong way. I''ve never experienced the leaky window problem some other U.S. owners complain about.
I''ve heard this boat maligned in a few places on the web, but I can''t figure out why. In my one year of ownership I''ve sailed all around British Columbia''s Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast, been out in moderate wind (25 knots)and found it to be a very nice ride under a reefed main and working jib. There are some places around here with nasty rip tides that can send up short, steep seas under certain conditions, and my U.S. 25 handles them all smartly.
There are two others tied up at my marina and the owners are happy with theirs as well.
As for finding spare parts etc. I can''t say how hard it will be. I haven''t had to go looking yet.
By the way, you''re right about the curb appeal. The U.S. 25 has nice lines, and a fantastic cabin for a 25 footer. Talk about a comfy sleep. I''ve been nothing but happy with this boat.