Has this boat disappeared without a trace

Pierce Arrow Pa18 Sailboat

17' 6" 18' 7" 16' 8" 0' 9"/ 4' 0" 30' 10"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 36%

Mark Leonard Pierce Arrow Marine 1982-1984? 185 sq. ft. portable portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

17' 6" 18' 7" 16' 8" 0' 9"/ 4' 0" 30' 10"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 36%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Mark Leonard Pierce Arrow Marine 1982-1984? 185 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,700 lbs.

The PA18 is unusual in several ways. For one thing, she weighs only 1,100 pounds, ready to sail. Also, with her wide beam, she has a bigger Space Index than any of her comps. For still another thing, she has a heavy (400 pound) daggerboard, which must be mechanically lifted via a winch into a trunk just aft of the mast. Best features: With an SA/D over 25 and thus in the "very high" range, and a D/L nearly in the ultralight category, this boat should be quite fast in light air. The only other boats in this size range with comparable SA/D and D/L ratios are the Picnic 17 and the Newport 17, but neither of these boats have anywhere near the PA18's 400 pounds of ballast. Worst features: Cranking that heavy daggerboard up and down must be a nuisance, and hitting a rock with the board down is likely to be a cause for alarm, if not of damage to the trunk and hull. We searched the Internet for any trace of information on this boat, or her designer or owners, and found none. R.I.P.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Maxi-Peep 19

19' 2"

6' 4"

0' 9"

975

300

26.8

72

NA

5.7

6.9

228

4

3' 3"

Pierce Arrow 18

17' 6"

8' 0"

0' 9"

1,100

400

27.8

106

NA

5.5

6.1

283

2

4' 10"

Hermann 19

18' 8"

6' 5"

0' 9"

1,200

200

24.2

92

312

5.7

8.5

184

2

3' 6"

West Wight Potter 19

18' 9"

7' 6"

0' 6"

1,225

370

18.9

116

NA

5.5

7.4

230

4

4' 7"

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  • Peter
    I have this boat! It's been modified with a fixed keel, inboard rudder and OMC sail drive, but it's this boat!
    9 years ago
  • Matthew Leonard
    This boat has disappeared from production. My brother, Mark Leonard, designed the boat and he and I built the plugs and molds for this boat in Machesney Park, IL. These were fast and quite roomy little boats. I purchased a set of parts from my brother and built molds and boats with this same design under the name Preston Yachts and this boat as the Preston 19. I still sail on Lake Michigan but am now in custom home construction. My brother Mark is in Florida and has worked as the tooling manager for Island Packet Yachts and most recently, March 2011, is working for Catalina Yachts in Florida. The prototype boat was built with the retractable daggerboard but this was also made with fixed deep draft and shallow draft keels.
    9 years ago

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