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1996 Precision 23

  • 23 ft
  • Racer
  • Stuart, FL, US

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1996 Precision 23
We are very pleased to present this immaculate 1996 Precision 23. She has been extremely well maintained and is in excellent condition. If you are looking for a clean, capable, well-fitted sailboat, look no further!
With today's medium-size family cars, the Precision 23 might well be termed a "maxi-trailerable." It far outstrips existing boats in terms of usable space, both on deck and below, with bulkheads intentionally trimmed back to avoid subdividing the visual space. The Precision 23 hull represents a very careful refinement of the basic form that has proven so successful in all of Precision's trailerable cruisers, featuring "racer sharp" waterline entry, substantial flare in the topside forward, and powerful quarters that taper to a shapely and relatively small transom. This combination of features provides a reassuring margin of both reserve buoyancy forward and "knockdown stability." The well-proven keel-centerboard combination is the most practical solution for combining upwind efficiency with very shoal draft. The long, shallow keel, kick-up rudder, and non-corroding fiberglass centerboard of the P-23 are all essential to her remarkable upwind performance. The fixed portion of the keel not only houses the board completely below the cabin sole, but it also allows the ballast to be placed as low as possible for increased stability. For trailerable boats, winged keels are more of an inexpensive expedient than a sensible design. In order to be effective with the very shallow draft required for trailering, the wings have to be so broad as to be awkward and prone to damage at the launching ramp, and very difficult to work free from the inevitable mud banks. The simple fractional rig of the P-23 features chainplates placed well inboard, another vital ingredient to her impressive speed to windward. Her mainsail is very large in order to provide good performance without the jib when desired. The cockpit is 7 feet 3 inches long, with coamings high enough to keep the crew securely inside, and the low and sleekly-styled cabin house provides excellent visibility forward. Special emphasis has gone into giving the P-23 her particularly bright and uncluttered interior. The typical intrusive mast compression post is replaced by a rugged overhead support beam. The especially large companionway, cabin windows and forward hatch contribute to the feeling of light and open space. The double berth forward is generous, and there are full-size berths aft which will accommodate three, although the expectation is that she will be cruised most often by a family, or perhaps two couples. A space for portable head is forward, and the fixed galley is aft, where it is convenient to both cabin and cockpit. Cushioned backrests amidships provide comfortable seating for up to six. Both seats and coamings are precisely angled for maximum comfort both upright and heeled, the result of very careful ergonomic design development. There is an anchor locker forward, a fuel tank storage bin to port, and a large cockpit locker with storage shelf to starboard.
  • 5 Sails-Mack
  • Arigo3000 Two Burner Stove
  • Porta Potti (never used)
  • New Volt Meter
  • Full Cockpit Cover
  • 2001 Tohatsu 2 Cycle Outboard
  • New Ritchie Compass
  • Shore Power
  • VHF
Stereo (speakers in the cabin and cockpit)

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Basic Information

Stuart, FL, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Jim Taylor
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Dimensions & Weight

23 ft - 7.01 meter
8 ft 6 in - 2.59 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 4 in - 1.62 meter
Bridge Clearance:
36 ft - 10.97 meter
Dry Weight:
2450 lbs


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Fuel Type:
8 (Individual), 8 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
6 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
5 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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Broker' Comments
1996 Precision 23
This is a very well maintained Precision 23 that in no way looks her age. The boat is immaculate and taken care of on a regular basis. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw her. She looks nowhere near her age and she has a full cockpit cover that was custom made in 2016. The bottom was painted with Copper Coat in 2010. 
Since 2011 the following has been done to her:
  • Most of the running rigging
  • Fully Battened Main Sail (Mack Sails)
  • New Life Lines (Mack Sails)
  • Sail Cover (Mack Sails)
  • 100% Jib (Mack Sails)
  • 155% Genoa (Mack Sails)
  • Harken BBA Winches for the Genoa
  • Cam Cleats for the Genoa
  • Storm Jib Sun Cover added and modified for furler
  • ST40 Depth Sounder and Transducer (Raymarine)
  • Windex
  • Custom Cherry Bulkhead Panels fore and aft
  • Side Windows
  • Opening Ports
  • Whisker Pole
  • Masthead Navigation Light Fixture
  • Cabin and Running Lights changed to LED
  • Mast Wiring Plug and Plug Cover
  • Adjustable Cascading Back Stay Lines
  • Solar Panel (5 Watt)
  • Hatch Solar Vent Fan Installed
  • Porta potti (Never Used)
  • New Blue Ritchie Compass (2019)
  • Bottom Pressure Washed (2019)
  • Engine Carb Rebuild/Impeller Kit (2019)
  • Group 31 Deep Cycle Battery (2018)
The boat has a battery switch and room for a second battery. The fresh water tank is 5 gallons but there is plenty of room for a larger tank. There is a great two burner Orico alchohol stove. There is also two screens for the front hatch and the main cabin hatch. Other features on the boat are the Harken Traveler, boom vang, cascading back stay, Genoa tracks, Genoa winches with cam cleats, ST 1000 Tiller Pilot/Auto Helm, Asym spinnaker and sleeve, cockpit cushions, Bimini, Tiller Cover Fold down swim ladder and a 2001 Tohatsu 2 cycle engine that runs like a top. She is 8 HP and has a 5 gallon fuel tank!

The best part is that this boat is easily trailerable! Call for an exclusive showing! She won't last long! 

There is a fabulous article in the Sept/Oct. issue of "Good Old Boat" 2015 where this boat is featured. I have a copy available if you are interested in reading it. The boat orginally belonged to Paul Lindenberg who was a racing sailboat designer and modified it to his personal performance requirements. Much of its life, the boat was kept on a rack inside. The article is very enlightening!

Contact Information
Captain S. Lee Bowden
IYBA Licensed Broker
Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales
802 734 0757 (Cell)
772 925 1173 (Home)

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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Disclaimer: Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7461546)