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11-16-2009 09:28 AM
chas5131 An electric bilge pump takes care of any water that gets in. I may T a manual bilge pump into the hose and use check valves.
Lake Dillon is known for big knockdown gusts. has just about anything an Ensign might need.
They offer a cover that is like a boom tent that is good for when the boat is in its slip. North Sails in La. can also make one.
11-16-2009 09:10 AM
AndrewMac I've had an Ensign for about 12 years and have absolutely loved it. I find the cockpit to very comfortable. As I understand it, the boat is not designed to be sailed at any significant angle of heel, so the idea of sitting up on the rail has never come much into play for me. Having said all that, I have found recently that I want to move to a boat with a bit higher performance. Selkie, as much as I like her, can be a bit of a sedate ride.

If you do go the Ensign route, I would absolutely recommend tenting over the cockpit to deal with the lack of self bailing. They can get a bit wet in the type of chop that you'll find in the harbor, but then again I would imagine that most boats this size would as well. Below is a link to one for sail at Northeast Sailboat Rescue. They always have several that are in need of a bit of work at decent prices. They are located in Maine, which may be a bit of a haul, but this one looks like it comes with a trailer.

Good luck!

1964 Pearson Ensign Hull # 57 sailboat for sale in Maine
11-15-2009 10:47 PM
chas5131 I own an Ensign. It is my second Ensign.
The Ensign is about the 10th boat I have owned and my favorite from a Chrysler Buccaneer, to an S2 7.9, to a Tartan 33.
The seats are comfortable, if you are going to sit on the rail padded sailing shorts are good to have.

Ok, maybe the Tartan 33 was pretty good.
11-12-2009 07:07 PM
merc2dogs Also look at the Pearson commander. A bit larger than the ensign, but still a nice spunky day sailor.

11-12-2009 05:55 PM
danielgoldberg Look at a J-27. There's one for sail now in Mamaroneck (I have nothing to do with it) that probably will end up in your price range by the time you haggle. It'll be a much better sailing boat than the Ensign, and it's got a good look on its own (in my opinion anyway). And you'll have a blast sailing it in NY Harbor.
11-12-2009 04:13 PM
7Psych Please sail on this boat from both as a helmsman and crew. They are without question one of the most uncomfortable boats to sail on. You cannot sit on the rail without the circulation being cut off or a winch jammed up your butt. I will never set foot on these boats again. There also was a thread on just this topic of uncomfortable boats to be on. Along with the J-24, the Ensign was one of the worst. I would think long and hard before buying one of these boats. A Sonar is a MUCH better choice all around!
11-12-2009 04:08 PM
bubb2 Lightings and Ensigns are boats that tug at my heart.
11-12-2009 03:03 PM
CBinRI I loved my Ensign. Mine was a mid 60s boat and they are still making them today, from what I understand, in Florida. They must be doing something right. Not fast by today's standards but very nice looking, stable and forgiving and would seem to meet all of your requirements.

IMHO, it is always a better idea to buy in a popular class so when you decide to sell there's a market for it. I have also sailed the Typhoon and thought it felt like a toy in comparison. (Don't flame me Typhoon lovers, just an opinion.)
11-12-2009 02:34 PM
primerate84 I think Good Old Boat magazine had a nice article about the Ensign in an issue sometime in the last twelve months. You may want to research that article.
11-12-2009 02:33 PM
Originally Posted by AmeriCdn View Post
i'm not going to lie, i'm well aware there are better boats out there, however, i'm buying this more as a project and something to take care of. Thankfully through my sailing club membership and my job I have access to j/24's anytime I want as well as a number other sailboats. I guess i'm looking at this more as a classic car - ya there are better handling newer cars with all the bells and whistles but they miss the charm of the simple old boat, and I love wood and find it a pleasure ot care for so the large amounts of wood i've seen in cockpits I see as a plus
I totally understand your position. I own a 1967 Tartan 27' which looks very much like an Ensign below and above the water line but is just a few feet bigger. An Ensign should be easier to put on a trailer though.
The woodwork can be a labor of love but also looks great when maintained.
I spent a couple of nights on our boat and it was wonderful to illuminate the cabin with warm but subdued light of a kerosene lantern.
Is our boat a competitive racer? Not usually, but it is still a lot of fun to sail.
Enjoy your Ensign. They are pretty boats.
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