The Com-pac 16 is a popular sailboat produced by Hutchins Yachts. It was first built in 1974 and there were over 2,800 produced.
It is a small "pocket cruiser" sailboat. Com-pac 16’s are 16 feet long (4.87m) with a beam of 6 feet (1.82m). They have a shoal draft keel and draw 18 inches (46cm). They are generally thought of as being very seaworthy vessels. A Com-pac 16 displaces approximately 1100 pounds (499 kg) with 450 pounds (204 kg)of that as ballast in the keel. A relatively high ratio of keel weight to boat weight make the Com-pac resistant to heeling or overturning. The Com-pac’s stability lends to its popularity. Although it has been out of production for approximately 10 years, there is an active online community for the Com-pac 16 (as well as other Com-pac models). Com-pac owners routinely share ideas, boat modifications, and experiences.
The Com-pac Yacht Owners Association website has over 600 active members.
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