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Boat Reviews By Owners

1975 -- 16' 4" DS16

Model: DS16

Cockpit: comfortable nine foot long cockpit seats. Great for four adults. good visibility, plenty of headroom , even when the tacking. perfect width to brace my feet on the leeward seat edge when heeled in a hard breeze.

Cabin: Cabin provides a comfortable berth for two, with sitting headroom, a porta-potti and cooler to port and starboard, and good storage space under the cockpit seats instead of quarter berths. Fixed portholes allow plenty of light. In good weather, a hatch in the bow deck provides plenty of ventilation. Great weekender for two.

Construction: solidly built. She has stood up well to some heavy weather in the New York Bight, as well as to several groundings (awww shucks!) in the Shrewsbury and Navasink river/Sandy hook areas.

Handling: She ghosts along beautifully in light airs, points as high as I could ask her to, tacks like a dream and doesn't need to be reefed as early as most boats her size. She heels just so far then stiffens up beautifully. Had her out in several unexpected squalls and she stood up to them just fine.

Engine Room: The transom is notched for a long shaft outboard and she had a four horse when I bought her, but I never used it and finally got rid of it...sailboats are for sailing, yes? never had a problem sailing her off a float...and I LOVE the expression on people's faces when she sweeps in, rounds up and lets go, just barely touching the a big bird landing...

General Comments: She is a great boat for deeper water but draws 2 1/2 feet. We now live in Florida, on the intracoastal and I need a shallow draft day sailer. I'll miss her but she wasn't made for the backwaters down here. Maybe a Sea Pearl, a Mud Hen or even a Compac Sun Cat???

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Date Submitted: 2007-04-19

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