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My first boat was a Gale Force 20 by Rinker. Rinker was like a few other power boat companies that got into the sailing game for a bit, but they actually produced a decent little boat. They had a three year run at which time their factory burned to the ground along with all plans and molds and they never produced another sailboat again, although they sill make power boats. There is virtually no information online about them, although I will tell you my 20 was a decent little boat that sailed well. This is from my blog:

More about the Gale Force 20, she was built in Syracuse, IN by Rinker Boats. She was another of the power boat companies looking for additional income as their sales plummeted in the early 80's. They built this boat and as far as I can tell a 17 foot version of her for three years until their sailboat factory caught fire and burnt and never produced anymore after that. Also known by the manufactuerer as a Wild Wind, she was a Fractional Sloop rig with a swing keel that drew 2 feet with the keel up and 5.67 feet down, her keel carried 800 pounds of lead which bode well with winds. Her jib measured 102 square feet and her main 69.88. She had a performance rating hull speed of 5.69 knots, not overly fast but certainly accpetable for a first time sailor. Her spartan cabin had a V Berth with two benches and a fold up center table located directly under the companionway hatch. Her forehatch opened allowing for a small amount of air movement through the cabin as a result of her flat deck and fixed ports. Mine was equipped with a Suzuki 4 horse power 2 stroke outboard which more than powered her for the local sailing lake and occassional trips to other lakes in the area. She was an easy to rig sailboat that took approximately an hour to set up to sail from the trailer when pulled.
 

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https://cf.searchtempest.com/go-1.1.html#http://columbus.craigslist.org/boa/4607383097.html

If this is the boat, based on what he states it would be worth looking at.

A little more about the boat:

1982 Gale Force 16 Lil' Pirate

Zodiac-Honda Inflatable Boats The 1982 Gale Force 16 Lil' Pirate sailboat has a fiberglass hull and has an overall length of 15.92 feet (sometimes referred to as LOA). The width (or beam) of this craft is 59 inches. The sail area for the sailboat is 134 square feet. The displacement for the boat is approximately 550 lbs. The draft of this sailboat is approximately 4'2".
 
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