We have enjoyed trailer sailing this boat for four years, but now that we live near "Big Water" it is time to once again look for a larger boat to have in the water full time.
The best attributes of the Eclipse are:
Ease of trailering - set up and launch under your own timetable going wherever you want to explore.
No cost storage in your own back yard.
Your maintenance cost will be lower while on the trailer in your garage or yard.
The boat is an excellent sailing craft; a light, responsive and balanced tiller feels like my former 27 foot fin keel sloop.
The combination of the shoal draft fixed keel and the centerboard, combined with kick up rudder allow exploration of shallow water, and excellent up wind tracking as well.
The large, cockpit seats four adults and is easily accessible via the open transom and boarding ladder after a swim. The well-designed cabin interior maximizes usable space for storage, sitting out bad weather, using the head, or heating up a meal on the stove.
An overnight stay extends your fun and opens possibilities for more exploration.
And last, but certainly not least, she is an extremely attractive little yacht - You don't want to Sail no ugly boat!
LOA 20' 10" LOD 18' 5" LWL 18' 1" Beam 7' 4" Draft (board up) 1' 6" Draft (board down) 5' 2" Disp 2,200 lbs. Ballast 700 lbs. Sail Area 200 Sq. ft. Mast height above water line 26' 0"
This boat (HID # ABV18022I405) has all of Hutchins standard equipment for this model plus the following factory/after- market options: Lifelines and stanchions, fabric cabin cushions, sail cover, jib sock, tiller cover, Bimini top and cover, Hatch screen, Marine battery, 10 amp battery charger, 20 watt solar panel with controller, Two 12 volt outlets, Custom galvanized trailer with spare tire, Portable marine head, Epoxy barrier coat and ablative bottom paint in 2013, Whale automatic electric bilge pump, Simrad TP-32 tiller mounted auto pilot, Garmin 178-C GPS/chart plotter/depth sounder and 2014 Tohatsu 6 hp. Sail Pro long shaft outboard.
Canvas winter cover
The boat is in excellent condition.
Four coats of Sikkens Cetol on the exterior teak make her shine.
Sails were professionally cleaned, repaired and coated in January 2015 by Sail Care, Inc. in Ford, PA.
"Monty C" is currently berthed at Perdido Key, Florida (near Pensacola), but can quickly be relocated to your home port anywhere there is a road.