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1979 Skipper 20 by southern sails
by SaltyC 01-11-2019

Does anybody know much about these vessels. How many are left? Just bought one as a project boat with trailer for $500 please help. New sailor here!
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Re: 1979 Skipper 20 by southern sails

Considered one before I bought our current trailer sailor (a Nimble 20). Considered somewhat similar to a Compac 19 (shoal draft fixed keel).

IMO big plus to them (other than looks, which is subjective, but I think they're good looking boats) is the outboard is in a well, much less likely to cavitate in swells than a motor off the back. But does mean you can't raise the outboard when sailing, so a little extra drag.

They can be tender because the keel isn't very deep and that also affects windward sailing ability.

Biggest negative I've heard is they're not particularly heavily / well built. The keels in particular are known to have not very thick layer of fiberglass around them, make sure you're not getting any water intrusion into the keel / ballast area. People have put an extra layer of glass on the whole hull I think.

There were a few different styles made, I believe... the somewhat "standard" and then a cuddy cabin with smaller cabin and bigger cockpit.

There is a Skipper 20 Yahoo group that might be able to help with specific questions:

And some good general trailer sailor help here:

Where do you plan on sailing it? Lake, ocean?

-- Bass
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