Prindle sailors - This may have come up as a topic in the past but I would think there would be plenty of desire for a company to find the old existing prindle XX molds and start taking orders. I for one would be on the top of that list. Does anyone know what happened to the original molds - who has them and what may have happened to them? There has got to be a way and enough desire out here to make this a profitable endeavor for someone. Anyone know if you can make a reverse mold from an existing hull? There has got to be a way to create a new set of Hulls. And no - I don't want to buy an another boat for parts - I want a new set.
Hulls are the cheap bit if you can get them built in eastern europe, I'd say $5-$6k for a pair. You're looking at close to $20k for the tooling. This is on an 18 footer but similar math works out for the 16 foot boats.
The reality is the rest of the hardware on a modern boat drives the price up quickly, and the other reality is Nacra have modern alternatives to the Prindle series in production with the Nacra 500 and Nacra 570.
The final reality is for the same money you can get into some really nice used race boats like Nacra Inter 20's, F18's and a good number of Hobie 16's. These are certainly compromises and I get that the boardless Prindle 16 and 18 are really good boats for off the beach work, but they are cheap because they are 30+ years old.
To gauge interest - please indicate if you would be interested in a new set of Prindle Hulls. Please state the size and quantity. I'm trying to see if there would be enough demand to seriously consider having someone re-manufacture the Molds. Simply reply to this thread. Thanks!
Edited by mason1114 on Sep 10, 2018 - 11:21 AM.
I'd want a set of 19 hulls,
Hobie did it for the 18's back in 09 or so.
Sam made some good points about used boats for the same price as a set of hulls though.
But what I like about the 19 is the rotating centerboards.
Hobie was getting 6950.00 for a set of 18 hulls & they wanted 10 comittments before going forward
Edited by carl2 on Sep 10, 2018 - 01:17 PM.
If the molds are cut up this isn't really feasible, and I'm pretty inclined to believe that is the case as Nacra moved the valuable tooling offshore and ditched the Prindle/old Nacra lineup in 09'-10' with the Euro takeover.
I say all that as the cost of tooling far exceeds the cost of a pair of hulls, you have no laminate schedule and are working with a shop that hasn't built these before. All of that equals high risk and little reward. Still if you want to pursue it I can put you in touch with the most qualified shop in the U.S, just send me a PM.
Carl2, the 19 is a shorter, narrower beamed Tornado effectively. You may consider tracking down a Marstrom T, excellent models can be had in the $10k range and these boats were built right (A LOT better than the Prindle, S-glass nomex hulls built in an Autoclave by an aerospace level composites house in Sweden). Not necessarily the best boat to run up the beach but she can take it and if you have mast up storage there is little out there that will out perform her. My last sail on one we were sitting on the weather hull eating sandwiches doing 18 kts + close reaching to our delivery destination.
Thanks for the reply and words of advice. I'm actual trying to speak with Sterling Santley one of the owners of the original Surfglass company that manufactures the Prindles. I hope to pick find out more about their old manufacturing process. Your right in that it would be a costly endeavor - Anyhow - i'll see were this takes me - probably back to dreaming but I want to give it a try and see what sort of demand would be out there. The problem is, can we produce a set of hulls that are reasonably priced that folks would buy and more importantly - afford. If it's the cost of a new boat - then the effort is useless...but if we can figure out a way to produce them at a reasonable price - then we may have something here.
Not necessarily trying to throw more negativity on your project (more like reality, I hope), but I think the example of the Hobie 18 hulls from a few years back really tells the tale...
Hobie required a commitment of 10 buyers for each pair of hulls. My recollection is that they got 8 commitments but agreed to do the run anyway (by commitment, a $2,000 deposit). I believe after they did the run, even more folks backed out of the deal (and there may still be a new set available in the US 5-10 years later or some may have stayed in Australia, where they were built). It was a move that almost certainly hurt Hobie financially. Below is a quote from the Hobie forum by Matt Miller of Hobie Cat regarding the Hobie 18 hull project:
"The last run of Hobie 18 hulls came from our Australian factory. Not sure if they still have molds, but that exercise was not successful. We will not do it again. The cost is just too high to fix up an old rig. Better off buying a current production model of some kind. If we started building 18s again... just a guess, but if we did some volume in sales / production they would be $18,000 or so. We don't have that volume is sales to even order the aluminum and special parts at this point."
Lot's of people will talk the talk, but when it comes time to pony up the cash, most will run away. There has been no significant change in technology that is going to allow you to build the hulls cheaply, especially if there is currently no tooling in existence (i.e., if there was a market and hulls could be made without losing money, the OEM would still be building them). So cost of hulls is going to be in line with that of modern FRP hulls. You are up against a market that is totally flooded with decent used boats, so most that are interested in an older design will just rehab an old boat.
Dogboy hit the nail on the head. For reference I can get an eXploder Scorpion F18 landed in the U.S for ~$20k less sails and beach wheels, or about $25k out the door. That is a hell of a lot more boat than a Hobie 18 or Prindle 18 (even an 18-2) for not that much more money. Self tacker, wingmast, modern square top sail, modern spinnaker, latest daggerboard and rudder design...all of that adds up to a package that is 30-40% faster around the track, plus easier to manage in certain conditions with the right crew.
For a decent Prindle 16 comparison, a new Hobie 16 is about $11,500. That what you would be competing with. Folks love all these boats because good used ones can be had for $1500-$3000. Asking them to triple their boat budget is hard sell.
Those are the two key words... A Prindle 16,18 and/or 18-2 can easily be managed by one person in a good blow... And they are both very versatile all around boats for family and friend sailing...
But you are right with the Nacra 500 and 570.... they do fill this void.
Current - 1991 Prindle 18-2
1981 Prindle 18 - Sybill
2005 NACRA F-18 - Wingo Wango
1999 NACRA Inter 20 - Junk Yard Heap
1987 Prindle 18-2 - Dip Dung
1990 NACRA 5.8 N/A - Smoke 6 Oh 6
1990 Prindle 18-2 - Yea Boy
1984 Prindle 18 - White Trash
1986 Prindle 16 - Un-Employment Check
1985 Prindle 18 - No Name
1984 Prindle 18 - No Name
Points all well made. You guys are good!! and honest. I guess I am just stubborn - it's the Texas blood in me I guess. I just can't seem to give up the dream of owning a pair of new Prindle Hulls!!. The old boats are such a joy to sail. I'll keep you posted on my efforts - all though I know they are probably in vain. Just tired of injecting soft spots or searching craigs lists for a decent Prindle within 400 miles of my home. I already drove from here to New Mexico to obtain the one I have. Seem to be harder and harder to find.
its a real pipe dream, if you want a prindle 19 replacement, you can get a hold of a Hurricane 5.9 in Europe for not a lot of doe and it wouldnt be much more to ship it over here, good part of that boat is it truly is a scaled down tornado with tornado parts. That being said, i would love to have an extra set of hulls for my 19 if the worst ever happened, but the problem is it would cost more than the boat is worth
Captain Chris Holley
'87 Prindle 19 "Cat in the Hat"
'74 sunfish "1fish"
Length: 6.0m (20ft.)
Width: 3.05m (10ft.)
Mainsail area: 21m²
Jib area: 5m
Gennaker surface: 24m²
Weight: 190kg (425lbs)
Mast height: 10.36m (34ft.)
Construction: Fiberglass / foam sandwich (epoxy / vinylester)
Capacity: 1-4 people
Designeur D. Bouchard and Yannick Yves Sansoucy