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Precision 18

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Boat REF# 174545
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 5.31m (17'5")
Year 1986
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Berths 4
Engine 1 x petrol 6hp, Johnson Sailmaster (1987)
Lying Port of Milwaukee


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Extra Details

Designer Jim Taylor
Builder Precision Boat Works
Lying Port of Milwaukee
Fuel capacity 13.6 ltr (3.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x petrol 6hp
Engine make and model Johnson Sailmaster (1987)
Engine Hours engine1:   10
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive outboard
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


LOA 5.31m (17'5")
LWL 4.70m (15'5")
Beam 2.26m (7'5")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Storage Dry sailed/Boat lift


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Sloop rigged Dwyer Aluminium spars (1986) with stainless steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - Slab (1987) 1 Reefs
Headsail - Furling (1987)
Other sails Radial Spinnaker 3/4 oz (1988)
150 Genoa out of use on furler (1988)

Electrical Systems

1 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)
Icebox tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Non-Smokers tick

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Trailer tick
Swim Ladder tick

1 anchors
(Danforth 8ST )
4.57m (15'0") of chain
30.48m (100'0") of warp
6hp outboard, Johnson Sailmaster , Long Shaft (1987)

Safety Equipment

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This Precision 18 is a fun boat to get you out on the water today! Turn key ready for your next adventure. This is an ideal Trailer Sailor whether you are novice or seasoned sailor looking to down size and try some gunkholing! Precision 18 offers performance, affordability and size. Having spent some time with the owners I can tell you this Precision 18 hull #90 is offered for sale due to doctor’s orders and with regret. I know the owners have had a lot of fun sailing this fine little boat, so with that in mind this Precision 18 meets a key goal according to the designer’s objectives, he states sailing should be fun and the key to the fun is keeping it simple. I know the owners will attest to this. In addition the builder and the designer had a few other goals that included keeping the boat safe for family cruising, affordable and always fun. You can find the full designers comments on the Precision Boat Works website. This will give a much better review than I can. You can also find 100+ pages of analysis and thoughtful comment by Tom Scott - Precision 18 #129, this is great resource full of info and it includes Jim Taylor’s designer comments. To learn more about the designer check out There is a good bio there and also check out Precision Boat Works What I noticed when I boarded was a look and feel of a larger boat good non-skid on the deck, life lines, an anchor locker forward, and all controls running to the cock pit. The cockpit is ample enough for several adults. I am sure not having the mast down helped with the uncluttered feel. The Precision 18 has fractional rig and is easily rigged in minutes. Harken Hardware, with all controls lead to the cockpit for easy single handing. Sails include Main with single slab reef, working Jib 100% cut for roller furling 150%Genoa, Radial cut Spinnaker 3/4oz. Black Mainsail cover. It comes with a custom mast raising kit. She has a long shoal shallow keel and her draft with the board up is only 1’6”, kick up rudder made of fiberglass, center board retracts into the keel. The keel holds 360 lbs of lead ballast for stability. Auxiliary power is from a JOHNSON 6hp SAILMASTER with 4 amp generator and 3 gallon fuel tank, hours estimated at 10. Stainless Swim Ladder, 48qt cooler, portable head. MAGIC-TILT galvanized trailer with spare tire. This should be a lively but well mannered boat based on the hull design, simple rig, light weight- hand laminated fiberglass hull & deck with a balsa cored deck . You will find good space below to overnight or get out of the weather if needed. Give me a call to arrange a showing or talk more about this neat day tripping trailer sailor.

This is a used boat and should be viewed as such. It is always in your best interest to have a survey completed on your behalf.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Precision 18 has been personally photographed and viewed by John F Udvare of Boatshed Chicago. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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