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Small Craft Advisor Survey (August 29, 2015)  

We received the following email from Josh Colvin at Small Craft Advisor (minor edits). Any Dolphin owners, present or past, are invited to respond directly to Josh at

email address: smallcraftadvisor@earthlink.net

Hi Ron,

We're working on an a review article about the Dolphin 24 (we sailed a Yankee Dolphin) for the coming issue. Naturally your website has proved invaluable as we do our research. In addition to sailing every boat we review ourselves, we also like to include owner feedback.

I wonder if it would be possible for you to forward this invitation to those who own (or have owned) Yankee Dolphins (or her sisterships) to participate in our review? We have a simple survey we send out to owners that we use to gather opinions and solicit quotes that we'll use in the magazine article.

Thanks for your consideration. Of course I'd like to send you a survey as well if you're interested in participating. Best,

Josh Joshua Colvin
Small Craft Advisor
PO Box 1343
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Here is the survey. Those interested can respond by first highlighting and copying the survey below into a Word document or Notepad, then typing their responses right after the questions.

Then copy the survey from your document into an email to Josh. Your webmaster is standing by to provide technical assistance if necessary. Email me at RonBreault@dolphin24.org

Small Craft Advisor Survey

Thank you for participating in the Small Craft Advisor Dolphin (Yankee, O'Day, Pacific, etc.) review. No one can know the strengths and weaknesses of a boat better than one who has sailed her and lived with her through good conditions and bad. Your opinion is valuable. The information you submit, with that of other respondents, should enable us to begin to see consistent patterns of opinion about the boat in review.

We believe this method will result in the most accurate assessment available for a given boat. Feel free to respond to the following questions in as much or little detail as you wish. We may or may not use any or all of your responses. In most cases we will use direct quotes, e.g. "John Johnson, owner of hull #777 "Tinkerbell," says 'The Ace has great ultimate stability and performs exceptionally well in heavy weather." Modify the questionnaire as you see fit. If you need more room for a certain section, just make it bigger. Obviously some questions won't apply to this type of boat.

When you've finished, please return it to us via e-mail. Thanks again. We look forward to hearing what you have to say about this very popular boat.


Your name:
Your boat's name:
Boat make and length:
Year of manufacture:

Please tell us a little about the extent of your sailing experience:

PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS Please give us your general impressions of how the boat performs in the following categories:

Ease of trailering
Ease of launching and retrieving
Ease of rigging
How the boat performs in light airs.
How fast the boat is.
How well it points.
Initial stability
Ultimate stability


How does the boat perform in heavy weather?
Is the boat forgiving?
Does it inspire confidence?
Is it dry-riding?
Does it exhibit a "weather helm?"
Is cockpit drainage adequate in your opinion?


How many can comfortably daysail, overnight, or cruise for extended periods on these boats?
Are sleeping accommodations comfortable? For how many?
Is the head practical and convenient to use?
Cooking facilities?


How does their overall construction quality compare?
How about the stock rigging?
Does the boat seem durable?
Any noticeable oil-canning,
flexing, peeling or delamination?
Any obvious shortcomings or corner-cutting in the design?


What stands out in your mind as a compromise an owner of this boats is likely to have to make?


Please lis any significant modifications you've made, their approximate time and cost, and your satisfaction with the mod.


How do you think this boat compares in terms of overall value compared to competitors? OTHER:

Please feel free to share any other general or specific comments about these boats.

Joshua Colvin
Small Craft Advisor
PO Box 1343
Port Townsend, WA 98368
PH 800-979-1930
PH 360-379-1930











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