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Skimmer 25
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue September 30, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Sea Hawk, which is my boat, is a center board gaff rigged sloop with a bowsprite and a club footed jib and carries 350 sq. ft. of sail. All running rigging is led aft for single handling. It has a modified sharpie hull with a nice shear fore and aft. She is 25' on deck and 30' overall with an 8'2" beam. She draws 3'10" with the board down and about 18" with the board up. The cabin is roomy and open, and has 5' of headroom with settee berths port and starboard and a spacious vee berth forward. There is a hatch in the coach roof and another in the foredeck with 4 opening portlights. There is a sink and ice chest on the port side of the companion way, and a chart table and stowage on the starboard side, aft of the settee berths, with a port-a-potty under the companion way stairs. There is a fold down table afixed to the top of the center board trunk.

There are a couple of advantages to a gaff rig. The mast is shorter, so when I trailer it I don't have to take the mast out of the tabernacle, just drop it down into the boom crutch as it only sticks out about 4'. Secondly, the rig is lower, so I can carry more sail and carry it longer. And, don't let anybody tell you a gaff rig is slow. The Sea Hawk is not slow.

She is easy to set up and tear down. The main sail is lashed into a bundle with the boom and gaff and comes off the mast as a unit and is lashed to the cabin top. All running rigging stays attached. The jib is lashed to the club boom on the foredeck and unhanked from the forestay. The mast is then lowered with the help of the forestay which goes through a block on the end of the bowsprite and is led aft to a rope clutch. All standing rigging stays attached. Tie up the loose lines secure your gear and she is ready to go. I've never had a problem launching or retriving her.

As far as weaknesses go, I don't think that there are very many. The cabin doesn't have standing headroom, it would ruin her lines. She is a heavy well made boat, so you need a beefy vehicle to pull her with. I use a Ford Explorer with a 400L V-6 and it does the job, but it is a little light. I would go with a V-8 next time.

I am very satisfied with her. She has classic lines and is beautiful, and will turn heads in any marina. I've sailed her on Lake Michigan and various lakes in this area (Rockford,IL). She is very sea worthy and I plan a crossing of Lake Michigan next year, as well as a crossing from Florida to the Bahamas, Walker's Cay to be exact, about 100 nautical miles. I'm a romantic and like the old traditions and this boat fits me and the style I like.
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