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04-23-2013 01:14 AM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

I know the feeling well. I was born with a bony butt and it did not work on the Thistle.
Nice boat though.
Call it a personal problem.
04-22-2013 09:31 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

I did crew a couple years ago and after 4 races felt like someone had beat my transom with a 2X4.
04-22-2013 07:09 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

Thistle is a great boat and one of the most uncomfortable boats you will ever sail on.
But they sail great.
04-22-2013 06:55 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

I'll go out on this limb to suggest a Thistle, they've been built and raced for a long time. Both the admiral and I started in our father's boats many years ago, fleets are shrinking out here a little but it's still a strong class. You can fly a spinnaker also, can't get much more fun than that.
04-22-2013 12:20 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

No offense taken of course.
When I was a kid, say around 15 years old, I looked at those Flying Scots and I thought, "That can't be right. A boat shouldn't be shaped like a shovel." I find that hull form offensive, you know, kinda sort of. Lightnings look good and have sweet proportions.
04-21-2013 10:09 PM
What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

No offense, cuz I don't know, but if the FS won't work for him, why would the Lightning?
04-21-2013 12:54 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

Find yourself a nice Lightning. 19', very trailerable, roomy, fun to sail and designed by S&S.
04-16-2013 09:23 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

Tanzer 22 is a reasonable suggestion. Decent sailor that you could actually overnite on with one other person. There is one that races in our club's spinnaker division races (PHRF) and they do quite well against that fleet (fin keel version though, I think).

I had a Lightning 19' for a few years. Similar to a Flying Scot. Fairly large cockpit but it fills up fast as you add bodies making the sailing part more difficult. Fun to sail (nor reef points) and no reason for a motor as .5 knots of wind still made it move. I carried a few paddles for when the wind really died.

The other 19 footer I come up with is the Rhodes/Mariner 19' with centerboard. The smallest big boat you could ever own besides a Montgomery 17' or 15'. The Rhodes 19' had a cuddy cabin that you could sleep in (but was not comfortable) but it fits most of your criteria although most will be on the rather old side now.

If you have $17K to spend look at the Montgomery boats.
04-16-2013 06:16 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

Tanzer 22, with a centerboard comes to mind.

Don't worry about to much leingth, unless you have storage restrictions there is no down side to a longer boat, and a lot of advantages.
04-16-2013 12:00 PM
Re: What's funner than a 17' Day Sailer

Sounds like a great boat. But I do some shallow-water sailing, so I can't have a keel boat. It's also longer than I need.
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