The Ideal 18 is a 17' 10" keel boat that was designed by Bruce Kirby for one-design racing under strict class rules or for comfortable daysailing. The self-tacking roller-furling jib makes it easy to single-hand. It is normally raced by two people and it makes a fine daysailer for four adults. If you wish to learn more about the Ideal 18, you should visit the ShumwayMarine.com website.
The Ideal 18 is comfortable with full length molded bench seats with angled backs in an 8' cockpit with a 6' 2" beam. It is a very forgiving boat with a 700 pound lead keel (3' 3" draft) for stability. It is also simple to trailer, launch (from ramp or with hoist) and sail.
The (fully-battened) main and jib combined have 168 square feet of area. The spinnaker has 245 square feet of area. The hardware is by Harken. The running rigging is of Dacron or Spectra. The console at the forward end of the cockpit keeps the running rigging organized and conveniently at hand.
This particular boat was built in 2002 and bought new in the spring of 2003. It was sailed once (for about an hour and a half) in the Connecticut River. (That is why the only picture I have of it is on the trailer.) It has been stored, fully covered, on its trailer since then. The spars and sails are stored inside. My yacht club purchased six Ideal 18s shortly after I acquired mine. I can sail them at no cost, and from the club dock instead of from a remote mooring. It makes no sense for me to keep this boat. I should have put it on the market the minute the first club Ideal arrived ...but I didn't.
The boat is equipped with a jib sock and mainsail cover. It has a full spinnaker package including a launching bag. It has an outboard motor bracket and the straps needed to hoist the boat from the trailer. The trailer has a 10' tongue extension for easy ramp launching. A similarly equipped new boat and trailer costs $20,740. I am asking $15,000. Some included extras are: a framework for the winter cover; a boom crutch; Windex; inclinometer; bottom paint; two new fenders; a Loos gauge for adjusting the standing rigging.
My Ideal 18 was sold today and is on its way to the Chesapeake. I think the new owner will be kind to it and get good use from it. She saw the ad on your wonderful site. We are both very appreciative of the great service you render to the boating community.