I'm considering buying a M19. In its favor are small size (can store
in my garage), low cost (about a third of the cost of a 26X),
reasonably nice cockpit, and easy to tow.
But I have some concerns about the suitability of the boat. From what
I can gather it does not sail particularly well especially in light
wind conditions. The cabin, while large for a 19' boat seems cramped
and perhaps not as well laid out as it could be. Don't like having the
centerboard trunk dividing up the foot well area. Don't particularly
like the location of the stove. The covers over the storage area under
the seats are small giving poor access to the storage area.
I would appreciate hearing some honest comments on their M19's from
owners. Particularly the sailing ability and how they have found the
cabin on overnight trips.
- You'll probably receive some other replies but I agree
with your cost vs. benefit analysis. I sailed a 26x
for one season and liked the extra space and headroom
but didn't like towing it, even behind an Explorer and
didn't like how it got blown around too easily in
For more than 2 people the cabin is cramped for
anything other than an overnight but has more sleeping
space than many boats 10' longer. If you can deal
with not having stand up headroom, it's certainly more
comfortable than many tents. The enclosed head is
great even though it's not spacious for a really tall
or fat person. I never found the smaller storage
covers a problem but there are some innovative ways to
store things like hanging a shoe storage bag on the
door, shelves, etc.
The centerboard inside the boat is a slight
inconvenience but the tradeoff is being able to launch
the boat with 10" of water. Great when water levels
drop making ramp access a problem. The easy
maintainance interior is great.
As far as sailing in really light air, a big jib and
or spinnaker helps. It still doesn't tack that well
in light air so it takes more skill but in really
light air, there's always the outboard that gets you
up on a plane, going 20 mph to avoid a storm or just
get back to shore when you're tired. For the price,
it's a hard package to beat.
Our files section lists some places on the web where
you might find one, Mac dealers may have one for
someone who wants to trade up to a bigger boat and
check our message section for people selling theirs.
Where are you located? Good luck. Mike
--- eo_ant <eric@...> wrote:
> I'm considering buying a M19. In its favor are small
> size (can store
> in my garage), low cost (about a third of the cost
> of a 26X),
> reasonably nice cockpit, and easy to tow.
> But I have some concerns about the suitability of
> the boat. From what
> I can gather it does not sail particularly well
> especially in light
> wind conditions. The cabin, while large for a 19'
> boat seems cramped
> and perhaps not as well laid out as it could be.
> Don't like having the
> centerboard trunk dividing up the foot well area.
> Don't particularly
> like the location of the stove. The covers over the
> storage area under
> the seats are small giving poor access to the
> storage area.
> I would appreciate hearing some honest comments on
> their M19's from
> owners. Particularly the sailing ability and how
> they have found the
> cabin on overnight trips.
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