The Precision 15 is the smallest in the Precision Boat Works fleet, but she is by no means the least significant.
The Precision 15 has earned high praise from both owners and competitors for her lively and rewarding performance. And her affordable price and quality reputation have been achieved through simplicity of design and cost effective assembly, not compromises in her quality hardware and hand-laid solid fiberglass construction.
Designed to provide safety, stability, reliable handling, and sprightly speed under sail, she will shorthand beautifully under her large main alone; even better with her high aspect jib hoisted. And her centerboard with NACA foil sections gives her the utmost hydrodynamic efficiency upwind.
The Precision 15 features an unusually broad beam, substantial freeboard and high volume coamings to help prevent swamping or capsizing. She provides a large forward storage area and her cockpit is safe and comfortable for both adults and children, with footwells and seats unusually wide and deep.
With an unobtrusively low centerboard trunk and an elegantly simple swept spreader three-stay rig, the Precision 15 is beautiful both to see and to sail. And at only 390 pounds fully rigged, she's a snap to trailer and launch.
You'll enjoy many years of safe and spirited sailing in your Precision 15. It has been designed with great care and intelligence; constructed with professional integrity and quality craftsmanship and materials to provide you long and careful pleasure of ownership and outstanding resale value when you sell.
|LOA -15'||Hand laminated fiberglass construction|
|LWL - 13' 9"||Vinylester resin hull skin coat|
|BEAM - 7'||Foam flotation|
|DRAFT, Board up - 0' 6"||9 ft. 4 in self bailing cockpit|
|DRAFT, Board down - 3' 8"||Large forepeak locker w/watertight door|
|Keel - 1' 9"||Lead ballasted keel (15K)|
|Displacement - Cnt. Brd. 390 lbs.||Ballasted fiberglass NACA foil centerboard (15 CB)|
|Displacement - Keel 600 lbs.||Covered centerboard trunk|
|Ballast, Keel - 250 lbs||4 mooring cleats|
|Sail area - 130 sq. ft.||Kick-up rudder|
|Mast height above DWL - 25' 4"||Tiller extender|
|Harken ball bearing blocks|
|Jib track with cars and harken cam cleats|
|Harken boom vang|
|Anodized mast and boom|
|Hinged mast step|
|Stainless steel standing rigging|
|Dacron running rigging|
|Stainless steel bow eye|
|Main sail and jib|
The design details for the Precision 165 were developed at the same time that we were making our design contributions to the America^3 "Women's Team" America's Cup effort. In some ways the contrast between a 16 ft. trailersailer and "Mighty Mary" could hardly be more stark, but at the heart of both efforts is an equal passion for careful design, good boats, and fun sailing.
The Precision 165 is intended to provide the most performance and fun possible within her builder's mandate for a low trailer weight and an especially reasonable price. This cannot be done with smoke and mirrors, so it must be done by focusing exceptionally hard on developing her most vital "fun features" while trimming away anything not truly essential. Towards this end, her cockpit is drawn large and deep for comfort and security, but her freeboard is kept low for reduced weight and cost. Her interior features comfortable berth space for two, a portable but cleverly concealed head, an ice chest and dry storage, but she makes no specious claim to have "full standing headroom." Her computer-modeled keel has an "end-plate effect" lead bulb for stability and efficiency to windward and shoal draft for easy trailering and launching. Her rig carries plenty of sail area for sprightly performance, but a simple three-stay rig for low weight, low cost and easy assembly.
The full form of the Precision 165 features a contemporary stem profile that gives her both an especially long effective sailing length for high "top end" speed, and a very narrow entry angle for low added resistance in waves, but she shares the careful balance and dynamic stability that have earned the 15, 18, 21, 23 and 28 their well-earned reputations as sailing thoroughbreds.
This office has produced a wide variety of designs, most much larger than the Precision 165. however, like all of our designs for Precision Boat Works, this latest effort is not less significant to us only less big. They have built all of our Precision designs with meticulous care, and we are proud of each and every one of them. We are confident that the new Precision 165 will quickly earn an equally enthusiastic following among yet another large and loyal group of new Precision owners.
LOA -16' 5"
People go sailing because it is fun, pure and simple. The problem for today's sailors is that a combination of high interest rates and increasingly scarce mooring and marina space have in many instances made boat ownership a lot less simple, and its fun a lot less pure!
This office shares with Precision Boat Works the firm belief that sailing should still be pure fun, and that the real key to the fun is in keeping it simple! Nowhere is it written that in order to enjoy a day on the water a sailor needs a boat that costs as much to buy as a house, even more to maintain, and that requires half a football team to sail properly; on the contrary, as the explosive growth in board sailing has shown, the purest sailing fun can often best be delivered in very small, simple packages! 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, 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!
In attempting to fulfill similar requirements, too many builders have simply taken a successful racing design and installed a 'cruising' interior. Unfortunately, while the long fine bow and broad flat transom of this type hull form can be devastatingly fast when in the hands of a hot racing crew, it can also be dangerously unstable for a family boat, and is therefore completely unsuited to cruising applications. This office has recently developed four different trailerable cruising designs, with over 500 built in just the past three years. Each was drawn for a different builder and market target, but all share distinctly full sections above the waterline forward and only moderately full sections aft. The Precision 18 is our latest design to be developed from this basic hullform which our experience has proven to provide a reassuring margin of reserve buoyancy forward, improved ultimate stability and especially forgiving handling characteristics, all essential elements of any good cruising design.
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. The board itself weighs only 65 pounds so that it does not form a major portion of the total ballast, stability is not dangerously reduced when it is retracted, and it can be raised easily by a child with no need for a winch.
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 -- 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 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, well-mannered sailboat rather than a floating vacation home, but the features described are noteworthy nonetheless. There is 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.
Carefully controlling construction weight is critical to both performance and to price, but it cannot be done at the expense of safety or structural integrity. Thus the hull liner of the Precision 18 is engineered as a structural grid, and tooled to mate precisely with the hand-laminated hull skin. The mast support beam and chain plate loads are carried by structural bulkheads and there are rugged hull stringers to distribute the stresses imposed by trailering. The external hull/deck joint is bonded both chemically and mechanically, and the flange is protected with a vinyl rub rail.
The Precision 18 has been kept small in size and price, but remains big in both features and performance. She promises to deliver the fun, pure and simple!
LOA --17' 5"
LWL -- 15' 5"
BEAM -- 7' 5"
DRAFT, Board up -- 1' 6"
DRAFT, Board down -- 4' 3"
Displacement -- 1100 lbs.
Ballast -- 350 lbs
Sail area -- 145 sq. ft.
Mast height above DWL -- 27'
The first offerings from PRECISION BOATWORKS nearly 20 years ago were open daysailors with a focus on good all around performance, and they have come full circle with their new PRECISION 185. In the interim, all but one of our eight previous PRECISION designs have featured enclosed interiors as part of their appeal. Only the PRECISION 15 (and PRECISION 15K) have been open boats, offering the joy of small boat sailing in its purest, simplest form. The P-15 design focused on stability, safety, lively performance and reliable handling, and she has been a huge success. The new PRECISION 185 expands on the broad appeal of her smaller sister by adding an extra dose of acceleration and speed to her performance profile.
The ‘big daysailor’ type is still probably best defined by the Lightning, Rhodes 19 and Flying Scott, all old favorites introduced nearly forty years ago. There has not been a great deal of innovation and development in this market for some time, and various new offerings have come and gone without making much of an impact. The PRECISION 185 will make her mark by using true state-of-the-art design and construction technology to combine vastly improved ergonomics and higher performance with low weight, low maintenance, and low cost. Comfortable seating, computer-shaped hull and fins, and precise tooling will all contribute to the appeal of this ‘new century’ competitor.
Like her smaller sister, the PRECISION 185 features a large, self-draining cockpit, a secure spot for a portable ice chest, practical under-deck storage, straightforward rigging, and high quality hardware. Her swim platform at the transom is an unusual feature usually reserved for large offshore cruisers. In addition to contributing to the fun by getting swimmers back aboard more easily and allowing youngsters to trail their toes in water, this ‘back porch’ can contribute to safety by facilitating boarding from a dinghy, and recovering from an accidental ‘man overboard’ incident more easily and quickly.
The performance parameters of the PRECISION 185 are not intended to put her in the realm of a ‘crash and burn’ Australian 18 skiff, but they will give her the kind of acceleration and speed that will turn heads and quicken the pulse when desired. She will offer speed, stability and control over a wide range of conditions that will be the envy of both her classic and contemporary competitors. She will sail beautifully under main alone when shorthanded or in heavy weather. Her broad deck beam and high-volume side decks will help keep her crew dry, and maximize her resistance to capsize. She shares the careful balance and dynamic stability that have earned the PRECISION 15, 165, 18, 21, 23 and 28 their well-earned reputations as lively, reliable performers in all conditions.
PRECISION BOAT WORKS continues to focus entirely on small boats, and their long experience and expertise in this market is second to none. They have built all of our PRECISION designs with meticulous care, and their commitment to high-quality construction is unwavering. We share their pride in everything they build, and we are confident that the new PRECISION 185 will quickly earn her place as a worthy addition to their well-respected line.
This office has designed its share of large custom yachts, but our enthusiasm for smaller boats remains undiminished. We have found that small-boat sailors often derive far more satisfaction from their modest craft than jaded jet-setters do from one of their extravagant toys, and this has reinforced our continued determination to treat our smaller designs not as less significant, only less big. We have great pride in applying the same standards to all our work.
Our previous designs for Precision Boat Works are the Precision 18, one of the simplest and most affordable trailerables that can be practically cruised, and the Precision 23, one of the biggest cruisers that can be practically trailered. Our new Precision 21 design has been sized to fit right between her two sisters and is intended to appeal to sailors requiring neither the minimum cost of a mini, nor the extra space of a maxi-trailerable.
The great care that both designer and builder have put into the development of the Precision 21 is perhaps most clearly reflected in her interior. Her main cabin berths are laid out properly fore and aft. The optional head can be accessed without having to wake any children sleeping forward, and there is storage for toiletries under this same hinged cushion. The galley is not an awkward slide-away module, but a solidly built-in unit with a stainless sink, garbage bin and alcohol stove. A 48 quart cooler is convenient to both the cockpit and the cabin and there is a large, dry storage area aft, accessible from inside the cabin. The battery box is located outside the living space in the large cockpit locker to starboard, and the centerboard pendant tube is protected by being fully enclosed inside the molded companionway step.
For small cruisers, a winged keel is more an inexpensive expedient than it is sensible design. In order to be effective, the wings themselves need to be quite large, which makes them awkward and prone to damage at the launching ramp, and when it comes to mud-banks, it is with good reason that they are referred to as 'Danforth' wings! The Precision 21 features a more versatile and practical keel/centerboard combination, whose NACA 'wing section' foil can be fully extended for maximum efficiency upwind, fully retracted from minimum drag downwind, and left anywhere in between to fine tune the helm on a breezy reach. The board itself weighs only 70 pounds, and it will safely kick up and over underwater obstructions, giving ample warning of shoal water. "Easing off" after inevitable groundings can simply be a matter of raising the board.
The cockpit of the Precision 21 is over 7 feet long, and features seats and coamings precisely angled for comfort both with upright and when heeled. The inboard chain plates not only allow exceptionally close-winded performance to weather, but they leave ample side decks clear, providing unobstructed passage past the sleekly styled cabin house to the anchor locker forward.
Precision Boat Works shares our enthusiasm for small boats, and they have always executed our designs with meticulous care.
Considered to be a "maxi-trailerable", the Precision 23 far outstrips many boats in terms of true usable space, both on deck and below. Special emphasis has gone into giving the P-23 her particular bright and uncluttered interior. The bulkheads are intentionally trimmed back to avoid subdividing the visual space. Of special note, the typical intrusive mast compression support post has been eliminated by clever use of a rugged overhead support beam fiberglassed to the deck. The especially large companionway, multiple cabin ports and forward hatch contribute to the feeling of light & open space. The double berth forward is generous and there are full sized berths aft which will accommodate 3 more.
The portable head has a dedicated space forward and the fixed galley is aft where it is convenient to both cabin and cockpit.
The Precision 23 hull represents a very careful refinement of the basic form that has proven so successful in all of our well known trailerable cruisers. Lively performance, reliable handling and high stability are all the hallmarks of these designs. They feature a sharp waterline entry, substantial topside flare forward and powerful quarters taper to a shapely transom. This precise combination of features avoids the trim and handling problems that less well balanced hulls suffer when heeled. This design provides a reassuring margin of both reserve buoyancy forward and ensures more knockdown stability.
For trailerable boats, winged keels and water ballast are more of an inexpensive expedient than a sensible design. The well proven internally ballasted shoal draft fixed keel with fiberglass centerboard used in the Precision 23 is the most practical solution for combining upwind efficiency and stability. This design allows the dense internal lead ballast to be placed as low as possible for increased stability. And the fiberglass centerboard is easily raised/lowered by a simple Dacron line. The centerboard provides lift for great pointing ability yet is easily raised up for increased off wind sailing.
The P-23 features a simple fractional rig mast that is easy put up and with her short spreaders & inboard chainplates, upwind performance is impressive.
A generous cockpit 7' 3" long with coamings high enough to keep your crew secure and the low sleekly styled cabin house provides excellent visibility forward. The cockpit seats are angled for maximum comfort both heeled and at anchor, the result of careful ergonomic design development. A ventilated fuel storage area and large cockpit sail locker round out the roomy cockpit.
The Precision 23 is a well thought out, meticulously detailed and carefully constructed trailerable cruiser whose interior & lively performance will give you and your family one of the best sailing boats available in this size range.
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