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mickvo 05-25-2002 08:26 AM

Galilee 15
I am currently learning to sail on a Galilee 15, and was wondering if anyone else out there sails one. It''s an older boat, made by Galilee Boatworks in Maryland (went out of business some years ago). She''s a beautiful little daysailer and handles very well (from what I can tell from my limited experience). When I look at newer daysailers being manufactured, they just can''t match her looks. I''m sure that they have the advantage of recent technology, but I think the Galilee is just the perfect mixture of form & function.

Either way, I was hoping to hear from anyone else who might happen to be sailing one....



Jeff_H 05-25-2002 04:28 PM

Galilee 15
I am reasonably familiar with the Galilee. When I first moved to Maryland, an aquaintance was looking to buy one new and so we went down to the factory in Mayo and looked at them being built and later sailed on one that belonged to a friend of my acquaintance. They were OK boats. Neither extremely well built but seeming to be reasonably solid.

In terms of sailing ability, when we first went out there was pretty light conditions and the boat seemed a little short of sail area for her weight. Things picked up as the daysail progressed and in moderate conditions she sailed quite well. I thought she was a handful in a stronger breeze and having trouble completing tacks reliably in a chop. I had concluded that some of the observed performance flaws comes from the Galilee''s extremely beamy hullform. Still these do make a nice daysailor.


mickvo 05-29-2002 09:55 AM

Galilee 15
Their "beamy hullform" was one of the things that they appeared to be most proud of (maybe that''s why they went out of business); the brochure goes on about how the 6''8" beam combined with 120lbs of internal ballst gives you great stability and a big boat feel in a small boat.

What gave you the impression that she was a handful in stronger breezes. I''ve only sailed it in light conditions and am curious about other peoples experiences with similar boats.



titustiger27 06-27-2013 08:53 AM

Re: Galilee 15

It's 11 years later and there is a Galilee 15 for sale in the local craigslist.

Wonder what your assessment of the boat is now....?

Jeff_H 06-27-2013 01:33 PM

Re: Galilee 15
My accessment has not changed in 11 years. I have not sailed one and barely even seen one since. In a slight coincidence, I had an intern architect who worked for me whose uncle built the Galilee. The molds still existed and at one point Jonah (that really was his name) was thinking of building one for himself.

The only thing I would say is that it was a ideosyncratic design and has some interesting and perhaps appealing features and some odd less understandable features.

There are a lot of neat daysailors out there many of which are simply better boats in a very general sense. There does not seem to be a following for these boats.To buy a used Galilee today, the price would need to be very cheap, and her design well suited to where and how you plan to sail.


titustiger27 06-27-2013 02:20 PM

Re: Galilee 15
Yes -- the boat listed for $650 (including trailer) a 15 foot O'day is $900 (w/trailer 'that needs work')

BTW. thanks for the response ... 11 years after your first post

doubled6953 07-27-2013 09:36 AM

Re: Galilee 15
I have been sailing a galilee since 1985 and have had great times

OPossumTX 08-05-2013 08:27 PM

Re: Galilee 15
I have a Galilee 15 that I bought in less than prime condition on Dregs list a couple of years ago. Just before I started having health problems following an automobile accident.

I am pretty much over the problem I was having and have the minor dock rash on the bow patched up, leaves, scum, varnish, rigging and now the trailer problems mostly cleaned up. I was going to go plunk it in the water last Saturday and see if it floats but the trailer developed a hot wheel bearing which has lead me to have to replace both hubs, bearings and spindles on the wimpy little axle the tiny wheels turn on.

I'll splash her shortly after the wheels on the trailer are turning again. There will be a little welding job there to replace both spindles, springs and fix bunk brackets. If after that, I think it is worth it, I will make new splash boards as the old ones are split and down right scaly looking.

Wish me luck!

doubled6953 08-06-2013 06:52 AM

Re: Galilee 15
I just brought one back to life and sailed it yesterday.It had been sitting uncovered in a backyard for 4 years. Boat and trailer took about 600$ to get it back in shape. The person that bought loves it.

jeffandy25 05-18-2015 06:06 PM

Re: Galilee 15

Originally Posted by doubled6953 (Post 1065336)
I have been sailing a galilee since 1985 and have had great times

Have you been able to find replacements parts when things break or go missing? I need a new tiller head as a major piece has broken off into the ocean...Any ideas?


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