has designed its share of large custom yachts, but our
enthusiasm for smaller boats remains undiminished. We
have found that small-boat sailors often derive far
more satisfaction from their modest craft than jaded
jet-setters do from one of their extravagant toys, and
this has reinforced our continued determination to treat
our smaller designs not as less significant, only less
big. We have great pride in applying the same standards
to all our work.
Our previous designs for Precision Boat Works are the
Precision 18, one of the simplest and most affordable
trailerables that can be practically cruised, and the
Precision 23, one of the biggest cruisers that can be
practically trailered. Our new Precision 21 design has
been sized to fit right between her two sisters and
is intended to appeal to sailors requiring neither the
minimum cost of a mini, nor the extra space of a maxi-trailerable.
The great care that both designer and builder have
put into the development of the Precision 21 is perhaps
most clearly reflected in her interior. Her main cabin
berths are laid out properly fore and aft. The optional
head can be accessed without having to wake any children
sleeping forward, and there is storage for toiletries
under this same hinged cushion. The galley is not an
awkward slide-away module, but a solidly built-in unit
with a stainless sink, garbage bin and alcohol stove.
A 48 quart cooler is convenient to both the cockpit
and the cabin and there is a large, dry storage area
aft, accessible from inside the cabin. The battery box
is located outside the living space in the large cockpit
locker to starboard, and the centerboard pendant tube
is protected by being fully enclosed inside the molded
For small cruisers, a winged keel is more an inexpensive
expedient than it is sensible design. In order to be
effective, the wings themselves need to be quite large,
which makes them awkward and prone to damage at the
launching ramp, and when it comes to mud-banks, it is
with good reason that they are referred to as 'Danforth'
wings! The Precision 21 features a more versatile and
practical keel/centerboard combination, whose NACA 'wing
section' foil can be fully extended for maximum efficiency
upwind, fully retracted from minimum drag downwind,
and left anywhere in between to fine tune the helm on
a breezy reach. The board itself weighs only 70 pounds,
and it will safely kick up and over underwater obstructions,
giving ample warning of shoal water. "Easing off"
after inevitable groundings can simply be a matter of
raising the board.
The cockpit of the Precision 21 is over 7 feet long,
and features seats and coamings precisely angled for
comfort both with upright and when heeled. The inboard
chain plates not only allow exceptionally close-winded
performance to weather, but they leave ample side decks
clear, providing unobstructed passage past the sleekly
styled cabin house to the anchor locker forward.
Precision Boat Works shares our enthusiasm for small
boats, and they have always executed our designs with