In mid-2016 one of the rare Jerry Montgomery Panthers became available and we jumped on the chance to own a piece of Montgomery Marine Products history. The Panther is a pure racing boat designed by Ron Holder. Jerry Montgomery only built about a dozen. The boat will plane in winds over about 12 knots. She has an unballasted centerboard so the crew is hiking out to keep the boat upright in anything over a light breeze. She is a fractional sloop with a HUGE main and TALL rotating mast. Jerry only built a few as his distributors were marketing the boat as a family daysailor because of the large open deck and cockpit. As she is a race boat she is a bit ‘twitchy’ and is not appropriate for casual family outings.
When we got her to the boat shop she needed a few fixes: repair the transom as the backing for the rudder gudgeons was rotten, retune the rig and fix a broken frame. Otherwise she needed some cosmetic work and the boat would be ready to sail.
Well. A strong storm came through Golden, Colorado, with 100+ miles per hour winds. The boat and trailer were picked up, meaning they flew through the air, and the boat came to a sudden crashing stop. The mast and boom are bent. The centerboard was broken. A chainplate pulled out taking part of the deck with it. One of the trailer tires came off the rim. Yeah it was one hell of a blow!.
So the Panther is now available to someone willing to take on the project. All the running, standing and miscellaneous parts are present though severely damaged … and some in better condition than others (see above). She is a project. First person that takes her gets the boat! Cost – FREE!
** THE PANTHER HAS GONE TO A NEW HOME AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE **
Last month we posted about high wind sailing and reefing the Sage sailboats. Jerry Montgomery, the designer of the Sage 17 & Sage 15 and a guy of strong opinions, wanted to add this to the discussion –
Jerry Montgomery at the Sage Marine Shop with a Sage 15 deck in the background.
The [Sage 15 and Sage 17] sails way better with a small jib and a reefed main. All boats of this type should have a storm jib – if the winds looks like it’s going to come up to 25 or so, put up the storm jib; you’ll be amazed at how little it slows the boat down to even in a 15 knot wind (unless you’re in a race!). You will seldom use [a storm jib], but it’s invaluable when you need it, and you’ll save a lot of wear and tear on the other sails. Storm jibs don’t cost much.
Once in Mexico I [Jerry] used the storm jib every and all day and had no trouble keeping up with the other boats. It was blowing 25 and 30 every day.
Starting on 5 October Sage Marine will be at our usual place, Land Sites 80 & 81, at the Annapolis Sailboat Show. The show runs until 9 October 2017.
A Sage 17 and SageCat will be attending. Let us know if you wish to see the boats!
Following the show, 10 & 11 October, by appointment, there will be SageCat demo sails. If you want to sail a SageCat let us know by sending an email to email@example.com
See all’ya’all in Annapolis!
SageCat owner Cody sent a report on his cruise of Washington State’s San Juan Islands in late July ’17 –
I had a fantastic cruise in the San juans aboard Sagecat! The first 4 days I spent alone shaking the boat down in cruising trim and the last 6 days and nights were with my wife and one of her best girlfriends and our dog. I was extremely cautious and tentative about how the boat would do with 3 adults and cruising gear aboard but she did great! Her sailing performance was still quite good and we were all able to sleep, cook and lounge aboard. I never tied up to a dock for the entire trip and used an inflatable SUP to shuttle the girls one at a time to shore each day! The v berth is a marvel as all 3 of us were able to sleep, albeit snugly, lying shoulder to shoulder. A big hats off to Jerry on the design and to you all at Sage Marine for a top notch build!
The pics below are of an approximation of our route and one of us at anchor on the south shore of Jones Island.
Thanks for sharing Cody!
We have been very busy these past few months causing us to be slow in updating this BLOG and our forum; BUT over the past months there have been MANY posts on our Facebook and Instagram feeds (LOTS of pictures on Instagram). There are also updates on our Twitter account. For day-to-day Sage Marine activities these ‘social medial sites’ are a great way for you to see what we are up to.
So what have we been busy with? Boat building and boat fixing! New Sage 15s and SageCats are going out the door every couple of weeks in addition to Sage 17s.
In addition to building new boats we are are busy helping folks get their older boats ready for the sailing season …
Dave with the bent mast … stay away from power lines!
The new mast on the boat.
… including assisting a Race to Alaska team preparing their Jerry Montgomery design for the run north from Port Townsend to Ketchikan.
This week Dave, the one typing this post, will be putting together a prototype Sage 15/SageCat electrical system. Follow along as the system goes into the boat and the testing happens during the Puget Sound June Cruise.
This upcoming month, June 2017, Dave will be on the road and showing a SageCat on the Sage Marine West Coast Tour. I you would like to see the boat please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org & 800-621-1065).
I will be updating the social media feeds during my travels. Besides general SageCat showing I will also be taking a multi-day cruise around Northern Puget Sound. My crew during the trip, and copilot while driving, will be the sailing & road tripping cat Momma Kitty.
Momma Kitty in the cabin of Sage 17 001 AIR BORN after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the first leg of the 2015 Race to Alaska.
Here is a short video of Jerry Montgomery, the designer of the SageCat, sailing the boat on Chatfield Reservoir Colorado –
This morning the new Sage 15 & SageCat deck mold came off the plug!
Mold support frame fitting.
Mold support frame fitting.
Matt attaches the mold frame to the mold.
‘Popping’ the mold from the plug.
Mold if off!
The new mold.
The mold will now be buffed out and receive some touchup. Once that work is done the first production deck, a SageCat, will be made.