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12-27-2008 11:28 AM
sailingdog Montgomery 17's are very seaworthy little boats. One was custom modified by the factory for a circumnavigation attempt.
12-26-2008 09:13 AM
Allanbc I used to have a Montgomery 17. It was a great little boat and I'm sure it could handle more weather at sea than I.
12-25-2008 04:38 PM
Try looking at Com-pac Yachts

You might try looking at Com-pac yachts, they are made in the Clearwater area and were designed for the type of sailing around Tampa. Shoal draft, but very seaworthy in a variety of sizes from 16' to 27' and prices from $2500 on up to over $30,000 depending on size and age. I have sailed a com-pac 16 from the Fort DeSoto park ramp all around the Tampa-St Pete area and out around Egmont Key. Pick your weather conditions right and you can go 5-7 miles offshore easily enough, I've sailed the compac 16 in 5' choppy seas at the mouth of the bay with the tide going out and the wind blowing in.
You just have to be careful of the cruise ships and freighters because you're sure not going to outrun them ! I just purchased a compac 23 and look forward to making some longer trips in it.
09-11-2008 02:42 AM
CalebD Congrats on the new Ranger 22'. We have a 23' Ranger in our racing fleet that usually is quite competitive with us in our Tartan 27' (which I would have mentioned if I had caught your thread earlier).
So you have the new boat and that is a good thing. If your marina has a crane you can put on a bosuns chair and go up to the top of the mast on it to retrieve the lost/broken halyard which is easier than getting hauled up by the mast and halyards.
As to the nasty orange sticky mess left behind by the carpet headliner coming down you will need some solvents and scrubbing done on the sections you want to clean up and/or re-do.
Get out there while there are still phosphorescence in the water.
09-10-2008 09:55 PM

Here she is. Rigging good except for the halyard that snapped much to the dismay of the former owner when he was showing me how to set up the furling. The furler was chaffing the line every time you take in or out the headsail. There is a rigger by the marina that I'll bring the boat to next week to get that done as well as a new topping lift. Chainplates are solid. Interior is very rough. The headliner is carpeted over the fiberglass and can be pulled down easily in spots leaving a nasty orange sticky mess. This must come out. not sure what to do after that though...paint, recarpet. Ideas???
09-10-2008 09:23 PM
cardiacpaul Good job, great starter boat, go forth and phosphor!, We need photos!
09-10-2008 08:58 PM
Bought a Ranger 22

Thanks to all that replied to my questions earlier. I thought I'd revitalize the thread to let you know that I bought a Ranger 22. Yes a Ranger 22. Small cabin, 4.5 foot draft, and a snapped jib halyard stuck in the mast. Oh well it's all about compromises right? Time ran out as the local marina is changing their policy on OCT 1st to not allow slip transfers. There is a three year wait! This one came up and it was usable and cheap so I bought it. My goal is to get my sea legs for a while, hone in the skills, maybe do a race or two, then move up. I can have up to a 28' in the slip and now I have a slip 5 blocks from my house.
09-03-2008 01:11 AM
Bigmao I'd go with the C-25 rather than the C-22. More room, not that much more weight, more stowage space, readily available parts, and relatively easy trailering. I currently own a C-22, and will upgrade within the year, probably to a Compac 27: the 22's just too small for two people and two golden retrievers! However, I'd skip the swing keel and go for a wing keel.
08-30-2008 09:33 PM
seidelmann 25

OK Ok thanks to all that have responded lately. I looked at a Seidelmann 25 and after reading the reviews on here I looked at it very carefully. It was tippy but the owner has replaced the rudder and stock and the outboard is brand new. The cabin was barebones, but the topside and stripe was just painted. The boat looked great. My girlfriend, of course, did not like the standing head room or the lack of stability at the dock. The electronics were great, chainplates were great, standing rigging was shiney and new looking. The price was right and it was at the closest marina to my house that you can only get in by waiting 3 years or buy a boat at the marina. It was the shoal 3.5 ft draft. Someone give me some advice here please.
08-19-2008 09:54 AM
dennismenace111 Keep you eyes open for a Watkins 25 or 27....they generally sell cheap and are great Florida boats....shallow draft and sturdy enough to run aground and not hurt anything....theyre nice and roomy too! If you ve got a family on board you will appreciate that..

If you run across an Irwin 10/4 with rebuilt chain plates take a close look also....theyre big enough for a pool table down below and the cockpit can easily handle a hot tub.
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