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Old 06-05-2020, 08:46   #1
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Simpson Slipstream 15 / Opinions?

I have looked and looked and haven't been able to find much information on these cats and I foresee going and viewing one currently for sale in western Canada https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1998/custom-simpson-slipstream-15-3618291/


Understandably a description and a handful of photos only goes so far but what is everyones opinion on this design and overall world cruising ability. I do know that it is glass over ply which I will definitely look at with scrutiny. Did the design originally call for a wheel in the salon?


Any insight would be greatly appreciated as this is a lot of boat for the money and for a guy whoms wife forbade him from building a Wharram in the garage this might be a great opportunity.
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Re: Simpson Slipstream 15 / Opinions?

That boat has either been for sale for years or it sold recently and now is for sale again. It was a fsbo on CL at around $229K prior to the listing. The specs say balsa core not plywood btw. The old pics showed more detail. I remember some interesting top side paint which may be repairs. Also there was a possibility of an issue around the daggerboard trunks. There was an interior pic that showed what might have been a water stain on the maple paneling. I also wonder if it's an epoxy build.

I do like the boat however and these possible defects are only possible and need to be looked at closer. If I was in the market for a big one I would definitely consider it
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Thanks,

I had been seeing it on CL for a long time as well which made me finally inquire about it. Thank you for your observations.
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Simpson designs are well known in Australia for being solid cruising designs. His Slipstream 15 was one of his racier designs. There was one that was raced in Far North Queensland.

The original versions had a flat and very slopey front to the cabin which would have been terrible in the sun. This boat has a far better cabin front.

A Slipstream would be a great cruiser for some who wants a large but higher performance cat at a good price. Having built a cedar/ply boat 20 years ago that I love still, I am always a little mystified with reluctance of people to consider wood composite - balsa can be problematic - and I am currently fixing some balsa panels on a small project I own. But cedar and ply can be such a good fit IF and this is a big if, if the construction does not include lots of screws and bolts penetrating the structure. In fact wood makes more sense in the age of uni chainplates and boltless fittings.
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Simpson designs are well known in Australia for being solid cruising designs. His Slipstream 15 was one of his racier designs. There was one that was raced in Far North Queensland.

The original versions had a flat and very slopey front to the cabin which would have been terrible in the sun. This boat has a far better cabin front.

A Slipstream would be a great cruiser for some who wants a large but higher performance cat at a good price. Having built a cedar/ply boat 20 years ago that I love still, I am always a little mystified with reluctance of people to consider wood composite - balsa can be problematic - and I am currently fixing some balsa panels on a small project I own. But cedar and ply can be such a good fit IF and this is a big if, if the construction does not include lots of screws and bolts penetrating the structure. In fact wood makes more sense in the age of uni chainplates and boltless fittings.
Agree with all that. I particularly endorse the comments about the more modern solutions to chain plates etc actually making cedar etc an even more compelling choice.
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I have looked and looked and haven't been able to find much information on these cats and I foresee going and viewing one currently for sale in western Canada https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1998/custom-simpson-slipstream-15-3618291/


Understandably a description and a handful of photos only goes so far but what is everyones opinion on this design and overall world cruising ability. I do know that it is glass over ply which I will definitely look at with scrutiny. Did the design originally call for a wheel in the salon?


Any insight would be greatly appreciated as this is a lot of boat for the money and for a guy whoms wife forbade him from building a Wharram in the garage this might be a great opportunity.
Seems petty expensive for a boat that old with Balsa or Plywood coring (both bad in my view) You are aware that there's a couple of Knysna 44s for sale at that price but a few years newer aren't you? No Balsa or plywood in either one.
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Re: Simpson Slipstream 15 / Opinions?

I think the OP is interested in this one because it's local here in the PNW.
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https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-...pstream/246831

This one just sold in Aus. Had water ingress in some balsa panels hence price.
I like the look with the hull flare but also not keen on the sloped front windows.
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This one just sold in Aus. Had water ingress in some balsa panels hence price.
I like the look with the hull flare but also not keen on the sloped front windows.
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The one in Australia is U$ 91,500.
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Thanks all for the insight on the simpson cats. I am still weighing the options and would have gotten back sooner but have spent the last 5 days out on the water in my current SV.
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