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post #21 of 26 Old 05-18-2013
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Re: Paceship 23

Its fine. Looks like a decent trailer. The rollers bother me, but I have bunks maybe thats fine.. is there a support plate or beam on the trailer to hold up the keel? That's one thing I would want to see. My trailer has a keel support built in.

My C22 looks kind of overloaded on the trailer - looks like is a pic. But it works fine and I'm fairly confident in it.

Looks too small but apparently its fine and there are many like this. I think its fine. If in doubt you can look for a manufacturer plate of course.

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I owned a 1977 PY23 for several years. It was our "starter sailboat" and got my wife hooked on sailboats so much that she wanted a bigger one . . . our only reason for selling our PY23. I would buy another without hesitation. As a previous poster mentioned, it is a good-looking boat. It has about as nice an interior layout and use of space as you'll find in a reasonably-priced boat of that size and it's built pretty well, so even "bringing one back from considerable neglect is feasible. But at least from the looks of the boat in your pictures, this one appears to be in pretty good shape.

About 900 PY23's were built between 1973 and 1981. They were available as keel/centerboard or fixed keel versions. The 73 and 74 models were built in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and the 75 to 81 models were built by AMF in CT. The early, Canadian-built boats had wooden toerails, gold-colored anodized spars, and no anchor well built into the foredeck. The AMF-built boats have a slotted aluminum toerail, black spars, and a covered anchor well built into the foredeck. Otherwise, they are basically identical.

You are looking at a later model (1975-81) keel/centerboard version.

The single axle trailer will do fine if it is otherwise in good shape and has some sort of keel-guide/support built into it.

There is a tremendous amount of information (including downloadable owner's manuals) and support on the Paceship Owner's Website


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I owned this PY 23,"Wings" from 1995 through '98,when I finally sold it to a young couple in Kansas City ... I sailed it on Lake superior for three years in the Apostle Islands ..... When I bought it from a broker on lake Minnitonka,just west of the twin cities,in Minnesota... It came with 5 bags and a brand new,in the box,Evinrude 6 horse... Just happened to be looking for Paceships on the internet,and boom! There it was ... this is a very quick little boat,and sails like a dream ... Sailed it to Isle Royal once from the Apostle Islands,(about 240 nautical mile RT),on a full moon!
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[quote=Kper;1032142]What do you all think of the single axle trailer? I wouldn't think of putting a single axle under our old C25. I know, the C25 is bigger, but this one isn't much smaller than our 25. It would appear to me that this trailer would be close to overload

I pulled that boat on that trailer from Lake Superior to Elephant Butte New Mexico,(3200 mile RT),3 years straight ....

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Currently working at restoring a Helms 25 but recently took on a PY23 as a favor to an elder gentleman who lived on it in a marina and due to health issues could no longer navigate getting on and off the boat. He was trying to ditch the marina bill and offered it to us for a couple of hundred. When we titled it the hull number began with FLZ and ended with 76 so it evidently was a title applied for with no apparent hull number. It does have a teak toerail and no anchor locker on the bow, so thanks to you, we have a better idea of the actual year. We will haul her as soon as my better half finishes modifying the trailer the Helms came on. Looks like she may be missing the swing keel. The line and cleat are gone and a probe doesn't tell us if the keel is there or oyster shell. Anyway, appreciate the information about her age very much. She seems to still be sound.
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I sailed a 1979 PY26 for a decade around the Morehead City, NC area. Mine had a 9 hp Yanmar diesel. The boat was a very good teacher, as it was simple to handle. The boat sailed well in coastal conditions and was reasonably fast. In Oriental, the PY 26 won a number of club races in it's day. There is a PY23 moored here at Wrightsville Beach. I believe they are durable and well designed small boats.
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