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Boat Reviews By Owners


Model: San Juan Mk 1

Cockpit: Cockpit is simple yet elegant. Seats six comfortably and still has room for tiller. Great for family picnics!

Cabin: Two beds and a V-berth. V-berth has battery well (no ventilation). Has comfortably placed marine head. Overhead is a little low for tall people, fine for normal people. Good lighting and great ventilation. Comfortable overnighter. Some minor work required to install electical systems.

Construction: Very sturdy hull, fiberglass with balsa core method. Easy to trailer. Light weight so even small trucks can tow it uphill. Slides on and off of trailer like warm butter.

Handling: Under power she slides over the water. Other boats' wakes cause roller coaster rises and falls. Engine cause overpowering effect, though. Bow rides coniderably higher than when under sail. 6 HP engine too much power. Under sail she slices through waves and cuts into the wind up to a 15 degree angle. She was meant to race! When completely loaded for camping (family of four) she doesn't even show the weight - handles just as well empty.

Engine Room: All engines need to be long shafted! Even then you might want to move the engine mount lower to the water. Other wise you suck air while anchoring. Even small engines power this great boat to speed. Manufacturer installed Evinrude 5 and 6 HP outboards on all San Juans. Great engine, will last forever if cared for. Most other owners opt to put an 8 or 9 HP on for added speed, but it is unneccesary.

General Comments: Absolutely LOVE this boat!She is best suited for race sailing against the wind, but works so well as a family camper or training vessel. Manuevers like a 12 Ft dinghy, feels as safe as a 35 ft trimaran. She cuts the blue water as well as proffesional racers.

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Date Submitted: 2004-08-20

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