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? about Puffer stability?

Discussion in 'AMF' started by sail101e, Aug 17, 2014. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. RussC

    RussC

    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,216 posts, 562 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    I sailed a Puffer for (my first) couple years and loved it. it's a very easy boat to learn on. keep one hand on the main sheet (un-cleated) so you can quickly ease up in the gusts. I sailed mine in several small lakes that could be quite gusty. the only time I had it on it's side was once when I pushed it over just to see how it was to right. very easy. a very forgiving and fun boat.
    Ironically I've since bought a 14.2 Capri because the Puffer was too small for my wife to feel very comfortable sailing with me. the Capri has a very open, and MUCH roomier cockpit. it's also quite easy to sail. also just as easy to trailer BTW.
     


  2. dfix

    dfix

    Joined Feb 5, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Melges M16
    us St. Paul, MN
    I have sailed and taught sailing on a puffer. Its a nice little boat with more cockpit space then most due to the open bow. Stability is as good a 12.5' boat can be expected to have. Like all small boats it depends on the movable ballast (crew) to maintain stability. If you are concerned about stability under the conditions you are sailing in you can take down or leave the jib at home. It sails well without the jib thus simplifying the rigging for people who are just learning. As you get better you can add the jib. It also has options to add a spinnaker so it can be used to train sailors for beginning to advanced dinghy. Other interesting features is that it is set up so it can be rowed (verses paddled) and has provisions for a motor mount for a small outboard motor. So if you just want to go fishing you can leave the sail rig at home. Or if you get becalmed it is a lot easier to get it back home. I hope this information helps.
     


  3. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,313 posts, 3,468 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @sail101e forget the sunfish and puffer. Get a Montgomery 15... Terrific boat for what you describe as important.

    Only way you'll flip her over is to stand on the bow and lean out over the water. She will go over but lay on her side and pop right up once you go in the water. Internal floatation will keep her afloat and you just get into the boat and start bailing the water out.

    It is a small boat so you and the GF will be comfy snuggled together.
     


  4. dfix

    dfix

    Joined Feb 5, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Melges M16
    us St. Paul, MN
    I'm unfamiliar with that boat. I'll look it up on line.
     


  5. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    8,313 posts, 3,468 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I owned one for about 18 years. Very good little boat.
     




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