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Manta 19 Trailer Sailer comments and advice
I have had my Manta 19 for 3 years now. It is my first yacht. My previous sailing experience was with windsurfers, mainly sinkers and waveboards. The Manta is a very good first yacht, she has a displacement of 680kgs and has a shoal draft keel and centreplate. She has a good turn of speed on all points of sail. I keep mine on a mooring on the Clyde. Like all small yachts she is a bit tender in a blow. Constructed from GRP she is well finished has 4 berths, albeit a bit cramped or cosy if you like. For safety it has in-built foam bouyancy. There have been over 1000 built, manufacture ended in the mid 1980's. Although she is not particularly easy to launch and recover from a trailer because of the keel I would recommend her as a great starter yacht.
14th November, 2005. Sun was shining and forecast force 3 - 5 so went for a sail. Mainsail reefed (only one position available) before leaving and furling genoa full out. A bit blowy odffshore as I left North Berwick (Firth of Forth, Scotland) but a couple of rolls in the genoa did the trick. I would guess mostly F4 gusting F5. What a great afternoon. Single handed sailing with confidence. Lifting out for the winter is a much over rated pastime!!
Lazy Daze (Manta 19)
My comments were going to be word for word the same as Bills (below). I have had my Manta 19 "Tiller Girl" for just a little longer. My first boat she has given me so much pleasure. I sail on the East coast, mainly on the Stour and Orwell rivers but hope to venture farther afield next year. Her lifting keel is ideal for our shallow waters - great for getting into little creeks. I am told there is a fleet of them in Woodbridge, Suffolk that race.
There is a web site www.toddie.demon.co.uk that provides good information on the Manta 19. It includes the Manta 19 brochure, drawing of the centre keel plate, pictures of other manta 19's and a message board.
I have a Manta 19 moored on Coniston Water.
My name is Geoff and I spent two and a half years from when I left school building the manta 19 as a yacht fitter.Just as a point of intrest there where two other boats built at Blakes Marine and one of them was a shorter version called the Manta 16.If my memory serves me right this was designed by the managing director Dave Hutchinson
Hello, I've just brought a Manta 19 sail number 1176 built by Blakes Marine in 1978. Having spent a few weeks sailing, motoring and tidying up fittings and rigging, I have to say she is a wonderful boat, easy to sail, well built, nice lines and a well thought out layout. There must be over a thousand very smug Manta owners out there.
I am from amsterdam the netherlands i own a manta 19 with number 1114 built in1977 by blake,s Having her for almost6 years nowshe named BIG BAMBU and i sail her on the Ijselmeer and the north sea also had made a trip from ijmuiden to lowestoft in 2007 single handed 105 miles in 25 hours not bad for a little ship like this.