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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

I understand the concerns about towing with my 2010 Focus, but that is all I have. I have a Class 1 hitch installed by Uhaul supposedly up to 2,000 pounds, not that I plan to tow that much.

Before 2008, the Focus was rated at 2,050 pounds towing, but no ratings on the newer ones. I pulled the loaded Uhaul trailer from South Texas to Florida with no problems except reduced gas mileage. I am NOT worried or concerned about pulling a trailer with a small daysailer.

The West Wright Potter 15 looks like a nice boat.
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No doubt you are right about our willingness to buy a 3/4 ton truck we don't need. I exceed the rating on my 19 year old explorer with some regularity, the transmission is cranky but hasn't failed yet. So this goes back to the question by Siamese. What happens if you have a bad day while exceeding your vehicle's rating by a significant margin (i.e. anything in my Focus). Can the insurance company give you the stupid award and walk away? I saw a guy loose his pick up at the ramp last month. He just had a plastic boat on the bed, but the transmission failed so DNR had to send in the divers. Would insurance cover the salvage bill if he had exceeded his gross vehicle rating?
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I'd suggest a sonar they pretty stable and about 23' in length


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The West Wright Potter 15 looks like a nice boat.
Make sure you sit in one and imagine sailing it with however many guests you might have. I find the cockpit very small for more than 2 smallish adults.
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The sonar is 7' beam and 2,100lbs and easily trailerable it performs well in light winds and is easy to sail


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I see you're in Clearwater. THE ADMIRAL and I sail a Mud Hen 17 in NY and that was made in your area by Florida Bay Boat Co. May be worth checking out if you spot one. Very dry - it has a 3" lip all around the hull that sheds spray. Ideal for poking in shallows and has an outboard well (motor can tip up inside & out of the flow) for those time you need one. Can also be rowed iff you add oarlocks and "deck" support.

It's really a terrific little daysailor. Weighs 650 lbs and our Jetta had no problems towing and stopping it. Currently I drive a RAV4 and it's like it's not there. The perambulator cabin (long dodger) is great for privacy or to use the porta-potti, and it has a good sized bimini as well. Really a little Swiss Army Knife of boats. Good amount of sail (155 ft2) and two reefs, plus in a disaster you can drop the yard and scandalize the main until you can get time to make better arrangements.

Can arrive at a ramp and be sailing in 15 minutes, and leaving takes the same time. We have a tonneau cover that buttons it all up for trailering and storage.

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Precision 15. Comes in centerboard or keel models. I have had both in the past and currently have a keel version. Love the 250 lbs of ballast on the bigger bodies of water. Keel draws 21 inches and centerboard (board up) is 6 inches. towing weight ranges from 500 to 700 lbs. Pull it with my mini cooper.
Yup, and a Precision 165 is only 750 and trailer is 300 I think.

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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

Thanks for all of the suggestions.

As snash 1970 suggested, I need to actually find some of these in my area and hopefully see them in person. Better yet, would be to go sailing in them. I just have to find a way to do that.
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Re: Daysailers: Mostly Dry?

We owned a ComPac 16 (II) in the early 80's. If I had to do it over again I wouldn't hesitate a second . . . to buy a Montgomery 15 or 17 instead.

But then we're lake sailors and spend a lot of time clawing upwind. For freshwater the ComPac needs a foot more keel or a board and 25% more sail area.

Very solid, very well made, very stodgy. I will say I believe that bout could suffer severe conditions well.

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