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 **
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!
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.
The prototype Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE is in Port Townsend, WA, to take part in the Race to Alaska pre-race activities and take folks on demonstration sails.
If you would like to go for a sail, between 21 June and 24 June, 2016, in Port Townsend, WA, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave will get back in touch with you and arrange a day & time.
Here are pictures and videos of the prototype Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE sailing Port Townsend Bay, Puget Sound, WA.
Drifting along the City of Port Townsend shore.
Sailing in 15 knots off of Point Hudson, Port Townsend Bay, WA.
At the Port Townsend Boat Haven courtesy dock.
Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE and Sage 17 SCOUT are on the road headed to Port Townsend, WA, for Pocket Yacht Palooza.
The prototype Sage 15 sloop, ASOLARE, has been decked! (Click on images for a larger version and description.)
Hull & deck ready to be bonded.
The deck is lowered down onto the deck bonding the hull/deck joint and the aft end of the cockpit to the transom.
Deck clamped down.
Lots of clamps are part of boat building!