Sailboat Reviews

Reviews of some of the sailboats I've owned or sailed.

The Com-Pac Sun Cat: A Review

The Sun Cat is a delight to launch and rig — plus easy to sail, and comfortable, too! The cockpit in the Sun Cat is surprisingly roomy for a small sailboat. The hinged mast makes it easy and fast to rig — The Sun Cat's main boom, gaff … [Read more...]

Multi 23 Sport Racing Trimaran Review

The Multi 23 trimaran reaching under mainsail and "screacher" in light winds. A sailboat for families with a serious need for speed In 2009, my friend Don bought his new Multi 23 trimaran. I had heard of the French-designed and Chinese-built … [Read more...]

The Catalina 309: A Review

The Catalina 309 A self-tailing winch on the coachroof can be used for the outhaul or the mainsheet, but in practice is only needed for fine adjustments in strong winds. The furler loop turns a winch that is mounted into the mast. The winch … [Read more...]

The Com-Pac Legacy: A Review

The Com-Pac Legacy Tohatsu 3.5 2-stroke The handheld GPS recorded 4.6 knots of speed from the little Tohatsu at a comfortable cruising speed — and 5.1 knots at full throttle The Legacy has a mast-mounted halyard fairlead (at left in above … [Read more...]

Hobie Mirage Adventure Island: His Review

Sailing / Paddling / Pedaling the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island The akas attach to crossbeams with a single pin His and Hers Reviews — His Review See Her Review Sailing the Hobie Adventure Island trimaran "Sail/Yak" is a pure sailing … [Read more...]

Hobie Mirage Adventure Island: Her Review

Sailing / Paddling / Pedaling the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island The Hobie Mirage Adventure Island — the kayak that sails, paddles, and pedals. His and Hers Reviews — Her Review See His Review Hobie calls it a 16' trimaran … [Read more...]

The Catalina Expo 12.5: A Review

The Catalina Expo 12.5 Reviewed May 2007 I took the Catalina Expo 12.5 out for small boat sailing day with the Punta Gorda Sailing Club and learned a bit more about how the boat likes to sail in light air. On the way out, I passed one of … [Read more...]