14’6 FOOT SAILBOAT BASED ON THE LASER II HULL AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
RIGHT-ON TRAILER (NEW SINCE BOAT PURCHASE)
SEITECH DOLLY (NEW TIRES)
ORIGINAL CARBON FIBER ROLLING FURING MAST (20’ 7”) IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL NORTH MYLAR SAIL AND COVER.
A SECOND ROLLING FURLING MAST (ALUMINUM) (20’4”) IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NEW NEAL PRYDE SAIL AND COVER
RUDDER W/ TILLER EXTENSION
I purchased this from the original owner in Sept 2016.
This was one of the last boats produced before they went out of production. Under my ownership it has been garaged kept.
I have acquired appropriate spares and made modest upgrades as needed.
This is a very easy boat to setup and sail and can be off the trailer and ready to go in less than 10 minutes.
The hull, masts and sails are all in good to excellent condition.
This is my 4th Expedition sailboat.
I started with the a very tired 14.5 like this, it was rough but I knew from sailing it that it was a great boat.
I tried out one of the plastic hulled Escape 10’ then an Expo 12.5 (based on the Vanguard Zuma)both too small, all while hunting down another 14.5 you see here. The cockpit is very roomy for 2-3 adults. I spent over 2 years in searching for one of these, and IMO this was one of the best I could find.
Description from the web:
The Escape Expedition is a hybrid. What you are looking at is a Laser II hull with modifications made by Peter Johnstone of J/Boats and Gunboat fame. During the 90s, Peter sold off most of the Sunfish-Laser designs to Vanguard sailboats. The Laser and Sunfish went to Vanguard, now known as Laser Performance, of Connecticut. He retained the rights to duplicate the Laser II hull form under a different name. This became one of the early Escape models in ’97, the Expedition 14.5. Essentially a Laser II hull with the Gary Hoyt, Smart Rig.
Peter Johnstone wanted to develop sailboats that allow easy access to all level of sailing abilities. The Escape Expedition was created as an entry-level sailing dinghy with a very simple rig, designed by Gary Hoyt, designer of Freedom Yachts.
Sunfish simple! The hull is basically the same as a Laser II weighing in at 168lbs. It’s all in the simple beauty of the Gary Hoyt rig. It can be quickly furled around the mast to reduce sail. Or, the sail can be stowed completely around the mast when docking or coming to shore. The mechanism to furl the mast is very much like a roller furler found on jibs of other boats. The high boom gives plenty of headroom for two sailors when tacking; making it an excellent boat for sailors of all ages.