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handsomebob 03-14-2012 10:04 AM

Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
I am a novice and currently crewing at my Club on an inland lake. I am looking to get my first boat to learn on and eventually race. My club has a Snipe fleet and I am looking at both the Snipe and a Coronado 15. I am leaning to the Coronado 15 because it looks easier to single hand, right after capsize, better in self bailing and has more flotation than the Snipe. I have a 10 year old son who will be learning with me and thinks the trapeze on the Coronado looks like fun. It may be better for me to go with the Snipe for support of the few in the fleet but I really like what I see in the Coronado 15. I would be able to race the Coronado at my club because it is one design and has a portsmouth rating. I understand that both boats are racers and not designed for comfort but the Coronado looks a little more knee friendly and both have a high boom. One good thing about both is that they are still being made and support and parts are available. I did see where the Coronado 15 had a design change in the 90's changing the deck making it less round. It is noted that some believe the older style deck is more comfortable. The one I am looking at was built in 1976 and it is about half the price of the Snipe I am looking at.

One more note is that when I grow up I will probably get a Flying Scot which is also a fleet boat my club. I hope to take my wife and daughter sailing once I get proficient and think the Scot is the best of both cruising and racing. Please let me also know if I should skip the Snipe and Coronado and go straight for the Scot. I am thinking the smaller boat will be better for a couple of years to learn on and single hand. During that time I could save up and get a really nice Flying Scot. At this point I only have around $1500 to spend. Thanks in advance for all opinions and advice.

CalebD 03-16-2012 04:10 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
Gee. I'm sorry no one replied to your posts.

If you chose the Coronado 15 then I'm sure you will enjoy it. Both the Snipe and the C15 would be good choices for a learning platform.
I think it is a good plan to learn a bit before jumping on a Flying Scot but you should enjoy the FS as well once you get there.

handsomebob 03-17-2012 10:11 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
thanks for the reply, I agree.

I crewed on a Flying Scot today for some races inland and got some tiller time. Put all that reading to use and did pretty good up and down. Winds 5 - 10 mph with a few gusts closer to 15 mph. It felt like more holding the helm. The Scot is a sweet ride. Good day for getting some experience.

CalebD 03-18-2012 12:57 AM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
I had a 19' Lightning for a couple of years which is a bit similar to the Flying Scot. What a racehorse! When you get that boat (or the FS) up on a plane excitement is what happens. Of course you'll need winds more like 15 - 20 for that to happen.
I'm pretty sure you can get either the Snipe or the C15 to plane in the right winds as well.
The nice thing about a small dinghy sailor like a Lightning, Flying Scot, Snipe or Coronado 15' is that there is not a whole lot of maintenance to do - unless something breaks.
You did end up buying the Coronado 15', no?
CORONADO 15 sailboat specifications and details on
They were made by Catalina which is still in business. Not sure if you can still get parts from them for this boat though.
I suspect you will enjoy the C15 but I am sure you will really like the FS once you pull the trigger on that.
Some folks start out learning sailing on 30' + keel boats and seem to do fine. My opinion is that it is good to start out learning on smaller sailboats like the ones you are considering. The FS would also be a good 'starter' boat - it is really your call.
I worked my way up from a Sunfish through Snipe, Lightning and now Tartan 27'.

handsomebob 03-19-2012 05:59 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
I did not get the C15 yet. I wish there was someone out there that could sell me on it. With some more thought I decided that if I get one of the two 15' dinghies before the Flying Scot, it should be the Snipe. Mainly to add to the fleet at my club. In this case it would be keeping it in the fleet because it is already there and I know the seller. It is also 9 years newer than the C15 and would be around $600 more at $1500. I know the sails for the Snipe are in good condition but have not seen the C15s. The trailer for the Snipe is practically brand new. Any opinions on the ease level of the daggerboard on the Snipe vs. centerboard on the C15 with single handing?

Both boats are still being made. The Snipe has been around since 1931 and 30,000 have been produced while the C15 has had 3800 built starting in 1969. That seems to be a good selling point for the Snipe. I will update when I finally decide.

handsomebob 04-06-2012 04:43 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
C15 is out. The one I was looking at sold and I was leaning away from it anyway. Now it is between the Snipe and Flying Scot. For now I am going to crew on both for a few months. Flying Scot would be better for the family as a whole and will fit all four of us comfortably when just out for a cruise.

lowtide 04-07-2012 07:38 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
I have a mutineer 15' in very nice shape Bob, less than 2 hours from you.

Can send pics if you're interested.

It sails much like the Scot, just smaller. Several racing fleets here as well.

handsomebob 04-07-2012 11:34 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
please send some pictures . thanks

eyeshotpar 04-27-2012 08:03 PM

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Hi, I am in Huntsville Al pretty close to you . I have a C15 and think it is great. I re-learned how to sail on it after some 30 years. There is a great Yahoo group that has tons of information and leads, and is enthusiastic regarding the boat at You can sign up for free.

If you are still looking, I noticed one here: 15' Catalina Coronada 1988 1000.00 OBO. Don't know anything about it, other than they spelled it wrong!
Good Luck

snider 04-27-2012 08:29 PM

Re: Snipe or Coronado 15 for first boat?
I owned and raced a Snipe for awhile. Not familiar with a C15. I will say the snipe is the most tactical dinghy out there. It has more sail controls than anything I've ever been on, it is a busy boat to sail. I'd go for the Flying Scott if you have a family and want to cruise a little with them. The Snipe is a fun boat and you will learn a lot on it but it is work. That's one reason I sold mine. I went to something simpler and raced PHRF. It's not as much fun as one design but the boat works better for the family.

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