Moving On: We sell our Precision 15K

2018-08-06T11:39:09+00:00By |

We have agreed to sell our Precision 15K, an excellent starter sailboat. Hold on, I have to wipe a tear from my eye.

It’s moving to Wisconsin in the spring. A local judge there wants to use it on a lake. We’ve been corresponding for the past few months and I sent him a little video of “his new boat.” Makes it harder to let her go.

It came with galvanized Performance tilt trailer, a like-new 3.5 Tohatsu gas outboard motor (never used), an electric trolling motor with marine battery and charger, a tiller stay, a masthead float, transom-mounted boarding ladder, mainsail cover and jib sock, dock lines and all the accouterments that a savvy sailor would need. It’s a fast, yet comfortable daysailer with fixed, lead-ballasted keel, factory colored sails and a roller-furling jib.

The tiller stay is handy for raising sails and also just steering. This boat is so responsive that the slightest touch can change its trajectory. A tiller stay helps us keep on course when we’re distracted with other chores.

We would recommend a Precision daysailer to anyone looking for a fast, fun boat. It was a great choice for us and when it’s not in the water, it is a beautiful lawn ornament. If you can’t be in a boat, at least be able to look at one.

So why have we made the choice to sell, if it is a perfect boat? A combination of reasons — time, a change of location, health. But the real reason is the boat wants to sail more than we can and it would be a shame to leave her on the hard.

Precision 15K Specs

PK15

Rigged and ready to launch. I use flexible foam twists as sail ties. These are awesome additions and are easy to use and reliable

  • LOA -15′
  • LWL — 13′ 9″
  • Beam — 7′
  • Keel — 1′ 9″
  • Displacement — Keel 600 lbs.
  • Ballast, Keel — 250 lbs
  • Sail area — 130 sq. ft.
  • Mast height above DWL — 25′ 4″
  • Designer: — Jim Taylor
  • Hand laminated fiberglass construction
  • Vinylester resin hull skin coat
  • Foam flotation
  • 9 ft. 4 in self bailing cockpit
  • Large forepeak locker w/watertight door
  • 6 mooring cleats
  • Kick-up rudder
  • 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

A review by Bob Perry says this about the Precision 15K:

“An ideal trainer or family daysailer, providing both versatility and up-to-date performance. The cockpit is 9 feet, 4 inches long and the side decks are wide enough for comfortable hiking. The side decks will also help prevent swamping in the event of a knockdown. No centerboard means no centerboard trunk to interfere with the cockpit. The rig is a simple sloop rig with swept-back spreaders. It doesn’t get any more basic than this. There is a mainsheet traveler, and some attention to the vang is all that’s needed to take care of leech tension. Jib lead tracks are adjustable for close sheeting angles.”

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Robin Van Auken, CEO of Hands on Heritage, is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history. An adjunct college instructor, she has directed multi-year historical and archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and temporary staff, and educating thousands of visitors.