Details about my 1981 West Wight Potter 15' sailboat
Last Update: 2016-11-06 09:53:16 UTC
After years of wanting to own my own boat, I finally got to check off an item from my bucket list in August 2016 as a sort of belated present to myself. I also wanted something more substantial than the inflatable dinghy that I had acquired earlier in the summer. The tipping point happened after taking a couple of weeks worth of sailing classes in July, I was hooked and looking for cheap sailboats for sale on craigslist. I did my research and settled on trying to acquire a 15' trailer sailer, either a West Wight Potter, Sage 15, or something similar. I finally found what I was looking for one Saturday and after a quick trip up to North Seattle, my bank account was $2500 lighter and I was towing a bright orange and white sailboat home.
Way to eager to get it into the water to test her, I forgot to put the bilge plugs in and nearly sank her at the dock.
Since then, I've never removed them for longer than it took to drain whatever water was in the bilge. :)
Inspired by the bright orange color of the hull, and needing as many ways as possible to appease my wife (who didn't know about my purchase) I named her the "Pinchy TIgress" as she didn't have a proper name.
Length Overall 15’0"
Length at Waterline 12’0"
Draft: Keel Up 7"
Draft: Keel Down 3’0"
Main Sail 72 sq. ft.
Jib 26 sq. ft.
Lapper 30 sq. ft.
Genoa 42 sq. ft.
Keel Weight 80 lbs
Boat Weight w/Keel 475 lbs.
Trailer Weight 350 lbs.
Cabin Height 3' 9"
Number of Berths 2
Mast Above Deck 15’6"
When I first got her she only came with the trailer, motor, three sails (main, jib, genoa), a bunch of rope, and a small tub of boat junk. The first order of busines then would be to fit her with some basic electronics so I could run a bilge pump, and navigation lights. Additionally I wanted a small stereo, a raspberry pi, and some basic sensors for navigational aids.
Order of major upgrades so far:
Things to do:
That's all for now, more to come soon!