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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-10-2010 09:41 AM
gypsymusic I have a Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2. It's out of production, but it's still the best small daysailor I've ever seen.
08-20-2010 11:15 AM
octopuswithafez
Bought a Vagabond 14

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Originally Posted by JackTar6 View Post
Did you end up buying a boat? How is it?


OK, I ended up buying a 1980 Vagabond 14 which came with original sails (good quality) , rudder, daggerboard, and a Tanaka outboard. I plan on keeping her in a yard right off Lake Washington here after I move her from her current moorage...

Thank you all for the tips and suggestions..
08-11-2010 04:40 PM
rgscpat Capri 14.2
O'Day daysailer -- maybe a little heavy?
Sunfish when the kids are older and want their own boat (Bic O'pen?)
Martin?
08-10-2010 04:41 AM
sailingdog The O'Day Javelin and Daysailers are excellent choices too.
08-09-2010 10:28 PM
MGFtail
Mgf Pintail 14'

Hello everyone!
I m new with this forum and I was wondering if anyone can help me or guide me into where can find help in selling my MGF pintail 14'.
Thank you
07-30-2010 02:37 PM
bb74 JackTar6 - is that is a question on the 5.00, yes I own one and sail regularly. Very good family sport boat. Myself, wife, and kids of 4 and 7, works fine. Very stable (kids can stand and "run around" a bit), feels like a "real" boat in that it won't capsise, but will over power and point into the wind, pretty fast and will plane at about anything greater than 15 knots true wind speed. Kids can handle the tiller and with kids from about 12 and up they can double or triple hand it if they know what they are doing. Spinnaker and all.

Very versatile sportboat. There are the constraints of it being a sandwich and not mono-plastic boat. You need to raise and lower the swing keel (this gives the feel of the "real" boat. You can't hand launch it. Open transom means wet feet at times.

If you are a HobieCat type that likes the speed, feel, fun, but want a more tame option for the kids on a learning platform, good choice. If you're someone looking for an easy weekend skiff to play around on, better off going smaller with an RS or something of that nature and teaching the kids the joy of re-righting a capsised boat.

I'll probably go back to a Hobie or Nacra 18 foot cat in the next 4-5 years once the kids are bigger and get more aquainted with the wet stuff. That also is due to sailing on a lake (15 miles by ~4) with pretty light winds.
07-30-2010 10:55 AM
JackTar6 Did you end up buying a boat? How is it?
05-14-2010 02:50 PM
bb74 if you don't mind getting a bit wet....

Open 500

open5.00.org - there are west coast distributors.

I'm # 40 and with the swing keep easy for a family of 3 or 4 to have fun for the. And this thing flies off wind!
05-11-2010 06:46 PM
sww914 I can roll mine around on the trailer by hand with a hand trailer dolly without much trouble as long as the ground is fairly level. I wouldn't want to pull it up the Donner Pass by hand however. I think they're 850# IIRC, so it depends on your yard's hoist rating. I can, by myself, lift the boat and pivot the bow on the trailer when it's on the hard to get it to some different position if I need to. If it were 5# heavier I wouldn't be able to do that.
05-11-2010 05:10 PM
octopuswithafez Yeah I have had some experience with Flying Scots, and did enjoy them, I am wondering, though, if they are too heavy to just have up on a dock cradle or from dolly , since I am looking at either a dock or yard next to a ramp...
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