Precision: Small, Fast, and Fun

Small, fast, and fun.

Cruisers | Daysailors | Crossover | Frequently Asked Questions

We have designed our share of large yachts, but our enthusiasm for small boats remains undiminished. Small-boat sailors derive every bit as much satisfaction from their modest craft as jet-setters do from their big ones, and we approach our smaller designs as no less significant, only less big. We take great pride in applying the same standards to all our work.

We are also proud of our long term association with Precision Boatworks, www.precisionboatworks.com which began in 1984 with the Precision 18 and continued until they ceased new boat production 35 years later. Precision shared our commitment to, and pride in, doing small boats well. Their tooling was exquisite, and it produced attractive, stylish, high quality molded parts throughout their model line, from the Precision 15 to the Precision 23. They built to an equally high standard, with materials that are chosen and used carefully, and with quality rigging and hardware that is appropriate for the intended use. Their boats were carefully built to their designed weights, and they are rugged, reliable, and long lasting. Stylish looks, lively performance, and fun sailing are all top priorities for both designer and builder on all Precision sailboats.

The essential ‘Precision DNA’ that is central to the performance, style, modest draft and easy trailering of each Precision model is common to them all, but there are differences that give them their individual appeal.

The Precision cruisers all feature a keel/centerboard underbody that combines modest draft when with the board is up, with excellent windward performance when the board is down. The ballast is secured deep in the fixed keel cavity to maximize stability. The board itself is only heavy enough to drop on its own, so that it can be raised and lowered with one hand, and so that stability is not reduced significantly when it is up.

Precision 18

The Precision 18 was designed to be the smallest boat that could be practically cruised, and still be easily trailered by a relatively small car. She has a remarkably loyal following, and is still in active production after nearly 30 years.

Precision 21

Not too big, not too small, and for some, just right. Designed to fit right between the Precision 18 and Precision 23, the Precision 21 was intended to appeal to sailors requiring neither the minimum cost of a mini-, nor the extra space of a maxi-trailerable. I recently encountered a Marblehead family of four going out for an evening sail, and they could hardly have been happier or more complementary about their boat. They said that their Precision 21 suits them perfectly.

Precision 23

Targeted to be the biggest cruiser that could be practically trailored behind a family car, the Precision 23 is an enduring benchmark for her size and type. She has successfully completed some surprisingly long passages, and has earned an impressive number of rewarding wins in club level racing.

Precision 27-28

The P-27 became the P-28 with the addition of a swim step in an extended transom.  These were only boats in the Precision line that featured an inboard diesel auxiliary and optional wheel steering.  This step up in specification proved to be a challenge for their dealer network at the time, so not a lot were produced, but the boats are comfortable and sailed well, and are quite popular with their owners.

The Precisions daysailors have especially large cockpits, and no cuddy cabins. They are both built in two versions, one as a crew ballasted pure centerboarder for ready trailering, and another that is a bit heavier with a fixed lead keel for added stability.

Precision 15 and Precision 15K

The Precision 15 was intended as an entry level family boat, with pricing and practicality to suit. Precision 15’s are easy to rig, easy to handle, and rewarding to sail. They achieve a nice balance between rewarding performance and reliable seakeeping, which they combine with ample stability. In addition to facilitating family fun, Precision 15’s are in wide use as trainers in community sailing programs.

Precision 185 and Precision 185K

The Precision 185 expands on the broad appeal of her smaller sister by adding an extra dose of acceleration and speed to her performance profile. She was recognized by Sailing World magazine as a Boat of the Year for her “combination of good sailing characteristics, substantial construction, and reasonable cost.” Her swim platform at the transom contributes to the fun by getting swimmers back aboard more easily and allowing youngsters to trail their toes in water. This ‘back porch’ can also contribute to safety by facilitating boarding from a dinghy, and recovering from an accidental ‘man overboard’ incident more easily and quickly. For some sailors, the Precision 185K keel version may be better suited for deeper, less sheltered waters.

Transit 380

The T_380 design ( www.transit380.com ) is intended to suit young sailors who are making the transition from the single-handed Optimist pram to high performance double-handed dinghies. Most kids ‘size out’ of the Opti at about 115 pounds, and between the ages of 11 to 14. After years of sailing alone in prams, many are also looking forward to sailing together with friends. Many do not yet have the sailing skills and experience required to handle a Club 420, however, and expecting them to do so is a bit like handing a new driver the keys to a Porsche. For decades, the Blue Jay and Widgeon (among others) have filled this gap, but time and technology have long since passed these boats by. The Transit_380 brings modern materials and carefully ‘kid centered’ design detailing to a contemporary version of this transitional mid boat.

Precision 165

Precision 165 combines the low trailer weight and reasonable cost of a daysailor with the ‘get out of the weather’ cuddy cabin and on-board toilet facilities of a small cruiser. She is offered with a fixed lead keel only, and performs very nicely with just a 21 inch deep draft. The term ‘crossover’ may be overused these days, but it does describe the appeal of the Precision 165 especially well.

The C-26 ( www.colgate26.com ) was built under contract by Precision Boatworks , and marketed by Steve Colgate. The boat was originally designed as a trainer for Steve’s well known Offshore Sailing School, and is very much a collaboration between Steve and Doris (basic concept and specifications), Jim Taylor (design detailing), and Precision (tooling and construction). The C-26 was so well received that she was soon marketed directly to the public, and she was recognized by Sailing World magazine as a Boat of the Year . SW judge Bill Lee wrote, “Not only did I find the Colgate 26 to be a good trainer but also I found myself applauding her for being an excellent sailboat in her own right. (She) appears (ruggedly built) relative to most modern sport boats and I found … excellent glasswork and construction quality with good attention to detail…She represents tremendous value on today’s market.” The C-26 was chosen by the US Coast Guard, US Navy, and Maine Maritime Academies for both instruction and intercollegiate competition, and she is in active production (now by Waterline Systems) with nearly 400 boats built to date.

FAQ’s ABOUT SIMILAR TAYLOR DESIGNS

Before our association with Precision Boatworks, we designed several other small cruisers that were produced by various builders, none of which currently provide support or parts to current owners. We are often asked about them, and offer the following background:

Spectrum 22

Chronologically the first of these small trailerable designs, she was commissioned by Spectrum Yacht Corp, which had a modestly successful production run. (See Spindrift 22, below)

Starwind 19

Wellcraft commissioned the Starwind 19 in the early ’80’s, and did a nice job building a lot of them (400?) before they realized that they could make much more money per square foot of factory space building powerboats. They built good quality boats to our Starwind 19 and Starwind 27 designs, before they went back to all power. The Starwind 223 was not our design.

Spindrift/Starwind

Rebel Industries bought the molds for the Starwind 19 and Spectrum 22, and built a handful of boats, not always wisely or well. They marketed the Starwind 19 variously as the Starwind 19, Starwind 190, and Spindrift 19, but left the boat essentially unchanged from the orginal Wellcraft version. They retooled the Spectrum 22 without our permission or input, as the Spindrift 22.

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Precision 18

Precision 18 is a 17 ′ 5 ″ / 5.3 m monohull sailboat designed by Jim Taylor and built by Precision Boat Works starting in 1984.

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The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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I need some feedback on the Precision 18

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  • Start date Jun 11, 2017
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RussC

Russ,my first boat was an 18,but I don't t have enough experience ( or usable memory) to answer your question. If you go to the trailor sailers site linked from this forum ( trailor sailers bulletin board?) You will find a very active and helpful Precision forum there,those guys can help.  

Brian S

The P-18 is a somewhat tender boat. Keep in mind that the ballast is in a stub keel, with a centerboard that slots up into the keel. We had a friend with a Com-Pac 23, a much heavier boat. When he'd step on the P-18 at the dock, he would always be taken for a ride, because he was used to stepping on the CP23 and it wouldn't move. I think the P-18 is slightly more tender than my O'day 192, and I have a bit more ballast, and the boat is a bit bigger than the P-18. I like to occasionally "wash the toe rails," but if I'm doing that more than once or twice every 5 minutes or so, that's my hint that it's too puffy, and I should tuck in my reef. Overall, the P-18 is a great little boat, but it really is not much more than a ballasted dinghy. Was out in a friend's J/70 in a bit of puffy wind. With it's 600 pound lifting keel, it heels, but then it takes off! That thing is so fast!  

Do you let your wife helm the Victoria 18? I've heard many stories of people who are afraid of heeling, that once you give them the tiller and teach them to head up with too much pressure, they realize they are in control, and often start to push the heeling, knowing they can round up. Might get her less skittish, and trust the boat better....  

Brian S said: The P-18 is a somewhat tender boat. Keep in mind that the ballast is in a stub keel, with a centerboard that slots up into the keel. We had a friend with a Com-Pac 23, a much heavier boat. When he'd step on the P-18 at the dock, he would always be taken for a ride, because he was used to stepping on the CP23 and it wouldn't move. I think the P-18 is slightly more tender than my O'day 192, and I have a bit more ballast, and the boat is a bit bigger than the P-18. I like to occasionally "wash the toe rails," but if I'm doing that more than once or twice every 5 minutes or so, that's my hint that it's too puffy, and I should tuck in my reef. Overall, the P-18 is a great little boat, but it really is not much more than a ballasted dinghy. Was out in a friend's J/70 in a bit of puffy wind. With it's 600 pound lifting keel, it heels, but then it takes off! That thing is so fast! Click to expand

Crazy Dave Condon

RussC Hope your wife is feeling better. Suggest that you learn more with the use of sails not heeling ove 12 to 14 degrees even in a Victoria 18 I once owned. Crazy Dave  

Crazy Dave Condon said: RussC Suggest that you learn more with the use of sails not heeling ove 12 to 14 degrees even in a Victoria 18 I once owned. Crazy Dave Click to expand

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Russ, sorry your wife has those kinds of difficulties. I remember how much I used to love bouncing along in our Boston Whaler 13 with 20hp motor, but my Grandmother couldn't stand it! I think the bumps and rolls and pitches of small boats are just what we have to deal with. When we get into bigger boats, the extra mass damp out the sharper movements. One thing I have heard about Precisions in general is that they have a flat-ish bottom, which tends to pound beating to windward in chop. It would be best for you to hitch a ride in one if you can, to see if it's acceptable.  

RussC Like I said I owned a Precision 18 and was merely suggesting less heel. Had to do that with my wife when we owned it. It was a trade in I took for a new Precision 23. I use to be a Precsion dealer stocking the entire line. Next time I will pass by your messages and that is all.  

Hey, Crazy Dave! Do you agree with the assessment that the Precisions tend towards flat bottoms and can pound in chop? Or am I mis-remembering that?  

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Dave, research a montgomery 17 one listed here, Montgomery 17, 2006, HEMET, California, sailboat for sale from Sailing Texas, yacht for sale  

Crazy Dave Condon said: RussC Like I said I owned a Precision 18 and was merely suggesting less heel. Had to do that with my wife when we owned it. It was a trade in I took for a new Precision 23. I use to be a Precsion dealer stocking the entire line. Next time I will pass by your messages and that is all. Click to expand

Being a major sailboat dealer I owned quite a few boats and at Smith Mt. Lake, I took a trade of a Vic toria which we sailed and then later in North Carolina as a dealer, I took a Precision 18 in trade and we sailed that too. Currently I own a canoe and two kayaks at age 66. A friend of mine, Mavilio ( now deceased) taught me a lot how to sail and his theory thru sail control and less heel has proved his theory to be true with small boats on heeling and he raced competively in the Med. I am also very much aware of smaller boats being tender. Also, my degree is in history but I do know boats and was very much involved with designs and innovations only if you knew. I had customers who felt uneasy with excessive heel and that included both sexes. As for those with disabilities, I sold boats that were for lack of words fixed so they could comfortably sail a sailboat and many sought me out. As for cancer, we have lost good friends who fought the fight and others who survived. My wife who is a microbiologist has worked at several hospitals, managed the microbiology labs in North America for one of the top leading pharmaceutical companies in the world and most notably Duke Cancer Research. I have also worked with veterans handling their affairs who too underwent chemo. As for your wife, I pray she is comfortable and chemo will work for her. I know this is a difficult time for you and if there is anything I can do, I wish I could help you. There are many things that you folks do not know about my family or me but you would surprised. However, that is personal and that included folks from all walks of life. Those experiences will go to the grave with me. However, one I am proud is my father is credited by the Army for the advocation, use and maintenance of helicopters to the U. S. Army Aviation and as a child, Gen. Marshal bounced me on his knee as a child. God was good to me in my dealership serving many and merely giving back to the community to include you. I merely made a suggestion and if you disagree with that suggestion, so be it but we can agree to disagree in a gentleman like manner. Dave Condon  

Hey, what about a Com-Pac SunCat? I had a friend with one once, never got a chance to sail it with him. It was a nice little daysailer, pretty beamy, so it might have a lot of form stability. Not sure if it's ballasted or not, does have a centerboard. My friend felt that it was somewhat under-canvassed, which again implies a bit more stability. It has a big, open cockpit, and a cabin big enough that he and his wife would sleep on board from time to time. I knew a guy on a forum once who made a poly tarp jib for his, which helped with the under-canvassed aspects. With a boom gallows, gaff rig, and hinged tabernacle, people rave about how easy it is to rig for dry sailing.  

Represented them too. Good boats  

Tom G P-21

If you are still interested in a Precision 18 you might want to post your question over on the sister forum for Precision. It has an active membership. Link to it below. http://forum.trailersailor.com/forum.php?id=11#1214132  

Thanks Tom, but I've decided against the P-18 due to what I consider insufficient fixed ballast. looks like a great little boat otherwise, and was hard for me to pass by, but...........  

I am resurrecting this conversation for those interested in a future Precision 18 purchase. I have a P18 that I’ve been out with 14x now in winds from 3-24Kts for 2-3 hours a sail and this boat compared to my previous Com-Pac 16 and Potter 19 is my favorite so far! The only major mod I did right off the bat before sailing was add 50# of lead shot (6 Snapple bottles worth under the cabin flooring) now after sailing a bit it might not be necessary but I’ll leave it. I have a New Rolly-Tasker 110% CDI RF Jib and a NEW Rolly-Tasker double reefed main. If you are sailing with old bagged out sails any boat will be harder to control! Even in a whisper of air she’ll scoot along. At @12kts I put first reef in at @18Kts second reef and roll jib up 50% she’ll make windward no problem unlike the previous mentioned also fine boats which have loads of stability at the expense of performance. Yes, when sitting at the dock and initially stepping on she will move a bit but sailing (with my added lead shot ballast weight and properly trimmed sails) at 10-12* heel she firms up solid and is on rails stable. I’ve only been in 2-3’ waves but have not noticed any problems pounding up to close reach. I’ve sailed with 4 adults in Cockpit beam reaching on main alone @15Kts and was impressed with room/stability. IMO a fantastic boat to learn HOW to sail with forgiveness to the beginner. * Do yourself a favor and Seal up Starboard side cockpit locker/cockpit drains. Easily done to fix the P18 Achilles heel  

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Precision 18

The precision 18 is a 17.42ft fractional sloop designed by jim taylor and built in fiberglass by precision boat works since 1984., 500 units have been built..

The Precision 18 is a light sailboat which is a high performer. It is very stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a day-boat.

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Model Precision 18
Length 17.42 ft
Beam 7.42 ft
Draft 1.50 ft
Country United states (North America)
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Sail area / displ. 21.81
Ballast / displ. 31.82 %
Displ. / length 133.93
Comfort ratio 7.35
Capsize 2.88
Hull type Monohull keel with centerboard
Construction Fiberglass
Waterline length 15.42 ft
Maximum draft 4.25 ft
Displacement 1100 lbs
Ballast 350 lbs
Hull speed 5.26 knots

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Rigging Fractional Sloop
Sail area (100%) 145 sq.ft
Air draft 27 ft
Sail area fore 52.25 sq.ft
Sail area main 82.50 sq.ft
I 19 ft
J 5.50 ft
P 20 ft
E 8.25 ft
Nb engines 1
Total power 0 HP
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Designer Jim Taylor
First built 1984
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“ Just received my new mainsail from Precision Sail Loft and am over the moon about it. Darryl walked me through all my options and gave great advice. The measurement form is foolproof. They keep you updated with the status of your order every step of the way. I can recommend them highly enough. -Henry Gomez (Google)
“ I was introduced to Precision Sails through Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose on You Tube. I decided to try the online experience myself. I provided the measurements and had good conversations with the sales team and with the sail designer. The new Genoa arrived in great condition and was a perfect fit! Couldn’t be happier!! -Brad Hamrlik (Google)
“ The whole team at Precision Sails was fantastic from start to finish. We’ve had a laminate main and genoa made so far and have a spinnaker on the way. They listened carefully to our needs and recommended a great sail cloth. We couldn’t have gotten more bang for our buck! -Noah Regelous (Google)
“ Our new sails performed flawlessly. Several of our crew were seasoned Annapolis sailors, who commented on the quality of the sails and of how they seemed to improve Godspeed’s performance. We were also impressed with your consult-measure-design process. Your sales persons were knowledgeable and helpful. As was the designer, who I spoke with several time. We had obtained quotes at the Annapolis Boat Show from North Sails and Quantum Sails — both were more expensive than your quote for equivalent quality and options.” -Randy Gillies
“ We received our spinnaker and launched it yesterday and I just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with it. The service we received from your company was exceptional and the quality of your product is second to none. We will certainly be return customers in the next few months to replace our main and jib sails and will recommend your company to all our sailing buddies. Once again-thank you.” -Daniel Jackson (Google)

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Jibs and Genoas are triangular sails which are affixed to a stay in front of the mast. Typically they run from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit. Jibs and genoa’s are used in tandem with a mainsail to stabilize the vessel and are usually measured by their Luff Perpendicular percentage, that is, how much area within the fore-triangle they use.

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Sabato De Sarno unveils Gucci precision saturated in color to close Milan Fashion Week

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A model wears a creation as part of the Gucci men's Spring Summer 2025 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN – It’s been creative director musical chairs at some of Italy’s top fashion houses, and the pressure is showing, at least on social media.

Gucci’s Sabato De Sarno presented his third collection in Milan on Monday, still the most highly anticipated runway show of the week as Gucci undergoes a major style transition.

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Hours earlier, Valentino, the fashion house that snapped up his predecessor Alessandro Michele, launched images on social media of Michele’s first resort collection for Rome-based Valentino, which previews its collections in Paris. Commentators couldn’t help but notice the similarities to his Gucci years.

Anyone with complicated family dynamics can understand just how fraught the timing was. Gucci is owned by the French conglomerate Kering, which has a 30-percent stake in Valentino, an important but not determinant share. Add to that, De Sarno is a Valentino alum, whose recent resort collection included a pussy bow that was one of the codes Michele brought to Gucci.

Michele's runway debut for Valentino is expected in Paris for womenswear previews in September.

Some highlights from the fourth and final day of Milan Fashion Week, mostly menswear previews for Spring-Summer 2025:

Gucci saturates precise silhouette

Sabato De Sarno’s sophomore menswear collection for Gucci was all about precise silhouettes saturated in color. A long, acid-green bonded leather coat over thigh-baring shorts and a netted shirt set the tone for an outing that was both rigorous and edgy.

Models strode through the atrium of Milan’s Triennale design museum, in tribute to De Sarno’s view of museums as “nourishing” spaces. In that vein, he invited 400 fashion students to watch the show, and was meeting with them afterward. Part of the brand’s relaunch has been moving to spaces away from the sprawling Gucci Hub on Milan’s outskirts, as De Sarno lays claim to Italy’s fashion capital one venue at a time.

His Spring-Summer 2025 collection featured wearable elements easily composed to one’s desire, reflecting De Sarno’s wish “that people feel free and welcomed in my clothes.”

Amid the structure of the bonded leather jackets and crisp poplin suits, there was a lot of movement, in undulating, vivid repeating prints of surfers and dolphins on boxy bowling shirts, shimmering beaded fringe jackets in shades of lemon or lime, and long-sleeve hand-knit polo shirts sparkling with embedded sequins. A subtle jacquard was a rare sign of the Gucci logo.

Fresh styling conceits included chunky sunglasses that, when not worn, could be strapped backward around the neck with a brightly colored Gucci cord. Highly constructed bags were inspired by archival luggage, and include detachable pieces. Sneakers and scuba slip-ons featured molded soles.

Media-shy De Sarno said in press notes that the collection “speaks about freedom.”

“I feel free when there is no distance between my words and my thoughts, between my actions and my heart,’’ he wrote.

Serena and Venus Williams serve up some Gucci

De Sarno has the full endorsement of Serena Williams, who sat in the front row between Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault and her sister Venus.

‘’It was a beautiful collection. I think Sabato is a great designer,'' Serena Williams said backstage. "Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.''

Speaking to the versatility of the looks, Williams said she saw plenty on the runway meant for menswear that she liked for herself. “Honestly, I loved that light blue suit in the end. It wasn't really for me, but I totally could vibe in that,'' she said. "A lot of the bags were nice. Those purple shoes were really cool.”

Williams, dressed in a pretty peach suit with a sparkly knit top, was joined by sister Venus, wearing a Gucci Pantone red leather coat. Venus also showed up at JW Anderson's show Sunday night. Also on hand was Irish actor Paul Mescal, keeping cool in striped shorts and a GG monogrammed blue dress shirt.

Giorgio Armani's North Star

There has been one constant at the Giorgio Armani fashion house for the last 49 years, and that’s Giorgio Armani.

His looks are a steady evolution of the relaxed tailoring that has characterized his fashion empire.

Soothing hues set the mood for the Spring-Summer 2024 collection, where the loose, often pleated, trousers were the star. Jackets were worn open, and shirts were often collarless or with casual shawl collars. Silken trousers featured big side pleats, billowing with each step. Small slit pockets provided utility. Vests added a ruffian flair, with or without shirts. Scrunchy sun hats were packable.

Models walked slowly, deliberately, on a runway surrounded by video images of tropical plants — a motif of the season. Some smiled, as the designer has urged in recent seasons.

Turning 90 next month, Armani remains firmly at the center of his fashion group, launched in 1975, and is always on hand to take a bow after his shows.

This round, he was joined by his long-time right-hand-man Leo Dell’Orco, who heads the group's men's style office, and Gianluca Dell’Orco, head of Giorgio Armani men's styling office.

Russell Crowe was front row for the show at Armani’s Milan theater. Clad in jeans, the actor said he was jet-lagged and wanted to be comfortable. He may well have spotted something from the runway that fits that bill.

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LOA - 18' 5''
LWL - 16' 8''
BEAM - 7' 4''
DRAFT, Board up - 6"
DRAFT, Board down - 4' 10"
DRAFT, Fixed Keel Version - 3' 6"
Displacement:
  »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


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The first 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 profile.

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 line.

Jim Taylor

Standard Equipment

  • 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 eyes)
  • 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
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  • 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



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