LOA - 18' 5''
LWL - 16' 8''
BEAM - 7' 4''
DRAFT, Board up - 6"
DRAFT, Board down - 4' 10"
DRAFT, Fixed Keel Version - 3' 6"
»Centerboard Model - 590 lbs. (approx.)
»Fixed Keel Model - 880 lbs. (approx.)
Ballast, Fixed Keel Version 375 lbs. (approx.)
Sail area - 181 sq. ft.
Mast height above DWL - 27' 3"
Designer: - Jim Taylor
Sailing World Magazine
2003 Boat of The Year for Best Value
offerings from PRECISION BOATWORKS nearly 20 years ago
were open daysailors with a focus on good all around
performance, and they have come full circle with their
new PRECISION 185. In the interim, all but one of our
eight previous PRECISION designs have featured enclosed
interiors as part of their appeal. Only the PRECISION
15 (and PRECISION 15K) have been open boats, offering
the joy of small boat sailing in its purest, simplest
form. The P-15 design focused on stability, safety,
lively performance and reliable handling, and she has
been a huge success. The new PRECISION 185 expands on
the broad appeal of her smaller sister by adding an
extra dose of acceleration and speed to her performance
The ‘big daysailor’ type is still probably
best defined by the Lightning, Rhodes 19 and Flying
Scott, all old favorites introduced nearly forty years
ago. There has not been a great deal of innovation and
development in this market for some time, and various
new offerings have come and gone without making much
of an impact. The PRECISION 185 will make her mark by
using true state-of-the-art design and construction
technology to combine vastly improved ergonomics and
higher performance with low weight, low maintenance,
and low cost. Comfortable seating, computer-shaped hull
and fins, and precise tooling will all contribute to
the appeal of this ‘new century’ competitor.
Like her smaller sister, the PRECISION 185 features
a large, self-draining cockpit, a secure spot for a
portable ice chest, practical under-deck storage, straightforward
rigging, and high quality hardware. Her swim platform
at the transom is an unusual feature usually reserved
for large offshore cruisers. In addition to contributing
to the fun by getting swimmers back aboard more easily
and allowing youngsters to trail their toes in water,
this ‘back porch’ can contribute to safety
by facilitating boarding from a dinghy, and recovering
from an accidental ‘man overboard’ incident
more easily and quickly.
The performance parameters of the PRECISION 185 are
not intended to put her in the realm of a ‘crash
and burn’ Australian 18 skiff, but they will give
her the kind of acceleration and speed that will turn
heads and quicken the pulse when desired. She will offer
speed, stability and control over a wide range of conditions
that will be the envy of both her classic and contemporary
competitors. She will sail beautifully under main alone
when shorthanded or in heavy weather. Her broad deck
beam and high-volume side decks will help keep her crew
dry, and maximize her resistance to capsize. She shares
the careful balance and dynamic stability that have
earned the PRECISION 15, 165, 18, 21, 23 and 28 their
well-earned reputations as lively, reliable performers
in all conditions.
PRECISION BOAT WORKS continues to focus entirely on
small boats, and their long experience and expertise
in this market is second to none. They have built all
of our PRECISION designs with meticulous care, and their
commitment to high-quality construction is unwavering.
We share their pride in everything they build, and we
are confident that the new PRECISION 185 will quickly
earn her place as a worthy addition to their well-respected
- Hand laminated fiberglass construction
- Vinylester resin hull skin coat
- Positive Foam flotation
- 9 ft. 9 in. Self bailing cockpit
- 8' 2'' Long Ergonomically correct cockpit seats
- Stern swim platform/boarding area
- Large forepeak locker w/watertight door
- Ballasted fiberglass NACA foil centerboard
- Sealed centerboard trunk w/mainsheet block
- 4 Mooring cleats
(Fixed keel version has 4 Stainless Steel Lifting eyes/mooring
- Kick-up rudder
(Fixed keel version has fixed rudder blade)
- Tiller extension
- Harken ball bearing blocks
- Harken Jib track with cars and Harken cam cleats
- Harken 4 to 1 boom vang
- Anodized mast and boom
- Hinged Stainless Steel mast step
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Dacron running rigging
- Stainless steel bow eye
- Harken Jib Furling Gear
- High Performance Mainsail and Furling Jib
Price of Boat and Accessories
Notice: All pricing subject to change without
notice, FOB Palmetto, Florida.
Prices do not include transportation to the dealer, state
& local taxes, dealer preparation (commissioning) bottom
paint, ground tackle or safety gear.
Please consult with your authorized Precision dealer to select
and budget for these additional items.
This price list supercedes all previous published
lists, and subject to change without notice. Effective 09/16/2013