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Cortez 16, 1978, San Antonio, Texas, $1,500, SOLD 8/9/19

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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. New 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 person with line through block on trailer.
  • Draft - 4' down - 9" up
  • Displacement 850 lbs, Ballast 300 lbs
  • 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 LED lights, LED steaming and 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
  • 5hp 2 stroke Mercury in good condition. 3 gallon tank - ethanol treatment.
  • Also a Prowler 55 trolling motor to use at the lake. Wired in, plug and play.
  • Bimini, whisker pole, cockpit cushions, bunk and fore peak cushions. Spare parts for everything, lines etc..
  • Has a tiller tamer (holds for a moment), AND now also has a tiller pilot (Simrad TP10) so that it holds direction as long as you wish. Easy to use and absolutely the best thing after the Bimini. Will allow you to go forward and reef, change the jib without the boat losing direction. And can hold heading for hours. Boat has both 12 volt power plugs and usb as well.
  • Has two batteries and the depth meter, radio and tiller pilot pull little enough they last the week.
  • This has a bunch of goodies (and I'll throw in the Pyle marine stereo I have not installed).
  • Life jackets , fenders, dock lines , 2 Danforth, and 1 CQR anchors.
  • Dilly tilt with two spare tires mounted on the trailer. Just changed out the springs. New hubs 2012. LED lights. Guides with LEDs - . Trailer is Galvanized - no rust at all.

  • 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 (OK 2019 was a washout), I'm not that good a sailor but it has taken good care of me. Great for beginners.
  • Full disclosure the mast bent in 2006 in a pre-Texas200 run. Straightened it has managed even a 35 knot gust since then. 2016, 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. Done fine and did the 200 again this year.
  • 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.

  • People are always surprised I have had the same boat for nearly twenty years, but the wife (and common sense) says there can only be one,
  • Thought to use it more now retired, but find other pursuits have overwhelmed me. .


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