It is just this ‘small and simple’ concept that lies at the heart of the Precision 18 design requirements; a boat small enough to be easily trailered behind today’s small cars. Yet simple enough to be inexpensive, but big enough to sleep aboard (out of the weather) and stable enough to take along the family. And finally, a boat with the lively performance and good sea manners required to make sailing her fun! The long shallow keel, kick-up rudder, and non-corroding fiberglass centerboard of the Precision 18 are all high-lift NACA ‘wing sections.’ The keel allows the board to be housed completely below the cabin sole and gets the ballast down low for stability. Also the board itself weighs only 65 pounds so that it does not form a major portion of the total ballast. Therefore stability is not dangerously reduced when it is retracted.
The simple fractional rig can be raised right on the trailer in minutes. The jib is of very high aspect ratio for maximum efficiency, but small enough to be readily trimmed by a young crew. The mainsail can be quickly ‘depowered’ in puffy conditions, and it is large enough to provide good performance without the jib when desired. So this is a big advantage when in a crowded anchorage or when shorthanded. The cockpit is full 6′ 4″ long with coamings high enough to keep the crew securely inside. Both seats and coamings are precisely angled for maximum comfort, reflecting our years of careful ergonomic design development. There is also a generous anchor locker forward, a fuel tank storage bin to port, and a full cockpit locker to starboard.
The Precision 18 is designed to be a lively, and also a well-mannered sailboat rather than a floating vacation home, but the features described are noteworthy nonetheless. There is also ample sitting headroom for 4 and a filler cushion that drops to form a 6’6″ v=berth that is not broken up by the usual awkward mast support post. There are 6′ quarter berths port and starboard, not to mention a 48 quart cooler, provision for a portable head, and 12-volt battery. A forward hatch provides ventilation and an emergency exit, and the large companionway and 4 opening cabin windows contribute to the feeling of light and open space.
|Length Overall||17ft 5in|
|Draft Board Up||1ft 6in|
|Draft Board Down||4ft 3in|
|Sail Area||145sq ft|