Having owned a Com-pac 23 before, I can share some first hand experience. The 23 can be very easily overpowered with a large headsail when sailing up wind. Due to the shoal draft
design and lighter concrete keel
, it is not unusual for the boat to heel easily to the point where one could see water
on your portlights
. Fortunately, Com-pac uses high quality, water
. In fact, the 23 owner's manual even states it: Close all portlights while sailing or the water can come in! I have been soaked in the cockpit
many times before whenever I pushed to windward in windy conditions.
I have also experienced on a very windy day while sailing with my son, where a sudden wind gust literally threw me overboard
from the cockpit
as it slammed hard then righted up just as quickly. I was lucky enough to be holding both hands on the the lifelines
when the boat threw me into the water and within a split second, there I was, feet in the water, still hanging on the the lifelines
with both hands, and my back against the hull
. I was laughing after that happened but my kid was not amused. I still think it would have been great to see that on video.
Unless, you like to race
occasionally, and already logged many hours sailing, I would recommend you err on the more conservative side when acquiring a new headsail for the 23. Definitely reef your main early as well.
Now having said all that, I still consider it a very safe trailer sailor and one of the best IMO. I have contacted the manufacturer at least 4 times on several occasions (current boat is a Com-pac 25), with various questions and every time I called them, within minutes, I was transferred to Gerry Hutchins (Com-pacs are made by Hutchins Co. Inc.) who provided me with the help I needed. That kind of service
is just unheard of!
To be clear, I have not experienced the same issues with the Com-pac 25, just the 23.
Like many CF members, I have owned other boats before too. From a MacGregor
to a Grampian
, and an Ericson
. All those boats leaked and soaked interior cushions
and beddings when it rained. But I have never had problems of deck leaks
coming from some mysterious source on my Com-pacs, and the bilge
was always dry. And oh, no wood core
= no wood rots on these boats too!