Author Topic: The Right Boat?  (Read 3165 times)


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The Right Boat?
« on: October 04, 2015, 02:57:28 AM »
Hi. My name is Kevin McKiernan. I am trying to decide if the U 20 would be the right boat for me in the coming years. One problem maybe is " I was so much younger then, I'm older than that now". Now 60, I started sailing in 1961 on an Old town canoe with sponsons and a filthy cloth sail. Despite the dirty sail, it was a very fast boat. It was eventually burnt as firewood and I graduated to a brand new 1969 sunfish. I did very well with that racing in the jr sunfish class and crewed on Comets which at the time I considered a big step up in size, speed and performance. Eventually also sailed Hobie 16's, Pearson 25, and a J120 on which I was just a crew. At one point, I also owned a brand new Monty 17 and a Penobscot 14. Which leads me to my current dilemma. Back in the early 2000's I was fortunate enough to sail twice on a U20 owned by a gentleman who was a doctor in Syracuse NY. He was a great guy whose name I cannot recall. I believe he retired and went south to Fla with his U 20. We sailed his boat on Lake Skaneateles NY ( which by the way is one of the deepest and cleanest lakes you would be lucky enough to ever be on or in). All I remember is the boat was fast, and very responsive. My next boat will be sailed in NH, either on Lake Winnipesaukee or Merrymeeting Lake. It may be a U 20 which wins in the speed dept., or a Sakonnet 23, which while not as quick, is still a great boat with beautiful lines. I'm in great shape physically. Can I still handle a U 20, or should I take a step back and just go slower and enjoy the sail. If anyone has a boat still in the water or about to come out in the northeast, I would love to still see one again to try to decide if it is still the right boat for me.
Thanks Kevin

Don Corey

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Re: The Right Boat?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2015, 01:35:25 AM »
Hi Kevin,  very sorry that no one has responded to this.  By all means go for the U20, it's a totally fun, great handling, easy to sail and fast boat.  As an experienced handicap keelboat racer I bought my first U20 in 1997 and have never looked back being by far the best boat I've ever owned.  Now eighteen years later at age seventy-two I continue to appreciate and sail this terrific boat.  You probably sailed on the U20 with Lorne Becker who now lives in Dade City FL and still owns hull #34 as far as I know.
Sorry I'm not in the area but do keep a U20 here on Lake Norman near Charlotte NC in a slip on a lift year round rigged and ready to sail anytime and would be glad to have you come sail it.
Let me know if I can be of further assistance or answer any questions you have about the U20.
Regards, Don Corey    U20s #25 & #250 
Don Corey   #25  fore 
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Michael Eisenberg

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Re: The Right Boat?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 10:06:35 AM »
Hi. I'm also 61, and more often then not, sail and race my U20 singlehanded. All the lines run back to the cockpit. I have a tiller pilot which makes sailing short handed a dream. My PHRF sail inventory includes an oversized spinnaker, a code zero and a reaching jib top. Sail changes are easy with the addition of a 2nd spinnaker halyard. Perhaps the job top is the most valuable single handed offend sail as it reduces so much load, yet stop adds lots of reaching speed. Because of ease of rigging and familiarity, I can go from trailering to sailing in about 1 hour 30 minutes.