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03-30-2014 08:07 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

and now the link:

SLIPPER 17 sailboat specifications and details on

photos of my particular boat to follow for future reference...
03-30-2014 08:05 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

I don't have enough posts just yet to complete the link to I also had trouble with photos previously but have since succeeded, and will update this thread as soon as the snow melts for future thread searches on the seaward 17.
01-08-2014 10:34 PM
captain jack
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

Originally Posted by Eyerish View Post
I am seeking your help with narrowing down a few choices of boat. For background, this would be my first sailboat purchase. It will primarily be used on inland lakes and trailered around 10 miles or less most of the time. It will be kept out of the water primarily (i.e. not docked or moored) at most extreme, someday apostle islands but unlikely b/c would probably charter. I learned to sail on a Rhodes 22, which has been the majority of my hours.
1986 seaward slipper 17' - good condition. Sloop rigged. Most of what I have read seems good, but I can't find much info on this particular boat.Hoping some of you have real world experience.
1977 american 22' - good condition. Downside is it is a little heavier and older.
197? Catalina 22' - there are a few of these in varying conditions, but seem the most ubiquitous for parts, questions, etc.
198? Com-PAC 16' - good condition. I have read mixed reviews.

I think it is between the compac and the seaward, and i am leaning towards the seaward slipper. These are all about the same price, btw. Thanks for your input.

i've heard good things about the Com-Pac 16. if you find a holiday20, i can personally vouch for them. they are awesome. they are a 'small boat' that handles like a cruiser.

wow. that was short for a which boat to buy thread. i should have read beyond the original post before i replied.
08-07-2013 12:43 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

Still waiting for pictures or a link to your Slipper on

Small-ish boats tend to be very responsive to the helm so it is not surprising you found that it turns quickly.

To chase down the source of that leak:
get someone to come sailing with you
have them sail the boat on BOTH a port & starboard tack while
you are below looking for the source of the water.
Ya' can't fix it if you don't know where the water is coming from.
08-06-2013 10:58 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

I've since had a couple of outings in varying weather. It has been nice, it turns much quicker than I was used to, I'm sure because of the fact it is essentially a dinghy. It bounces a lot in waves, not across the bow but the wild swells of a busy lake of huge wake-setters and circling jet skis. But I never felt concerned about tipping, though it did spin me off my heading a few times.
I have found that after a few days I explored under the sink and found quite a bit of water. I can't tell where it is coming from, either the through hullmfromnthe sink or the drop keel? Anyone have any experience?
08-02-2013 10:43 AM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

CalebD: not quite, it's a slipper, I think the fox changed some design elements.

I will post pictures when I get home. I sailed her the first time yesterday, and I don't know if it is because it is small or what but we got a few knots out of some light wind, and you barely need to touch the tiller... Could almost rest a foot on it and cruise And this was new to me: tacking without touching a thing except the tiller. That was nice.
07-30-2013 09:27 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

Congratulations! I was eyeing up the 25's by Seaward. Out of my budget, but wow, pretty boats.

Why hasn't anyone else asked for the PICTURES!?!?!?
07-30-2013 08:58 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

So, does the Seaward 17' you bought look like this:
Seaward Fox 17, 1989, Mayo, Maryland, sailboat for sale from Sailing Texas
07-30-2013 05:04 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

They say when you meet, you just know, right?
07-30-2013 03:40 PM
Re: Choosing a small sailboat

Well that had to be the shortest "which boat to buy" to "I bought this" I've seen on here yet....

Congrats on the new boat... Seaward makes a nice boat, the slipper is quite different looking, very salty for the size.... it should be an interesting review once you've had it a while.
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