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Cortez 16, 1978, San Antonio, Texas, $1,900, Back on market 9/13/17 at $1,550

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Cortez 16, 1978

Built May 1978 in El Paso by Recreational Products to a design by WIB "Bill" Crealock. He designed the famous Westsail 42 & 43 around the same year, the Pacific Seacrafts came later This is his smallest design and similarly robust.

  • Right after this he went on to the Clipper Marine series.

  • Has five sails Original jib and main renovated 2005 by Sailcare. Main, jib and a Genoa by Duckworks. (tcboats dot com)
  • Pop up top. You can stand in the companionway and raise sail. The centerboard is pullup - easy to raise and drop. The 300 lbs of ballast is in the shoal keel.

  • LOA 16' - LWL 13'7", Beam 6'9", SA 140 sq. ft.(standard )
  • Mast 22 ft., fractional rig - easy up by one with pulley from trailer.
  • Draft - 4' down - 9" up
  • Displacement 850 lbs, Ballast 300 lbs

  • Trailer and loaded boat total 2000 lbs, tows easy, with a similar wheelbase to the car you can mange fine without extended mirrors, and you won't misjudge how close to get to the gas pumps.
  • Dilly tilt with two spare tires mounted on the trailer. Just changed out the springs. New hubs 2012. LED lights. Guides with LEDs - one guide strut needs repair. Trailer is Galvanized - no rust at all.
  • Built in flotation in the double hull structure, and one way bilge drain plug.
  • Has masthead antennae and Standard Horizon GX1000S with speaker, and Uniden hand held radio as well.
  • Internal and external lights, use a landscape solar as anchor light.
  • Garmin 76 GPS with mounts.
  • Depth finder with alarm (NorCross).
  • Beautiful Idasailor type flip up rudder by John Owens (wood not plastic). jowoodworks dot com
  • Life jackets , fenders, dock lines , 2 Danforth, 1 CQR anchors.
  • 5hp 2 stroke Mercury in good condition. 3 gallon tank - ethanol treatment.

  • Also a Prowler 55 trolling motor to use at the lake. Ready to go.
  • Bimini, whisker pole, cockpit cushions, bunk and fore peak cushions. Spare parts for everything, lines etc..
  • It's a comfortable boat for a 16 footer and yet fits in one side of a regular garage with room for the lawn mower and trash cans.
  • I'm 6'5" and 240 lbs and fit under the bimini and in the berths with room to spare, for more average heights it is a great fit.
  • This boat has run the Texas 200 many times and always finished, I'm not that good a sailor but it has taken great care of me.
  • Full disclosure the mast bent in 2006 in a pre-Texas200 run. Straightened it has managed even a 35 knot gust since then. This year, over canvassed (reef early, reef often) in a supposed 30 knot gust it was bent again. Again straightened - it takes a close look to see it, shows to be in decent shape.
  • Evidently care should be taken, but it is a very strong boat.
  • Had this since 2000 and at 38 years old it has more than a few scars. The boat could use some TLC, be a project or just as safely sail it as is.

    People are always surprised I have had the same boat for 16 years, but the wife (and common sense) says there can only be one,

  • This has a bunch of goodies (and I'll throw in the Pyle marine stereo I have not installed).
  • I think I'm trying a catamaran next.

    Email Noel at noel_nicholls@hotmail.com

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