The Storm 19 is a lightweight and capable family day boat, designed for those looking for a slightly bigger version of our popular Storm 17.
|Length: 18ft 7ins (5.7m)|
|Beam: 6ft 2ins (1.9m)|
|Weight: 440 lbs (200kg)|
As the name suggests, she is 2 foot longer with all the additional space being added in the cockpit. Very similar in appearance to the 17, she is more capable, with increased freeboard and more beam. She is available as an epoxy-ply construction (with our 6 year hull warranty), which helps keep her all up weight down to 200 kg (440lbs). She is easily powered under oar and provision can be built for two oarsmen in tandem. Like Storm 17 she takes a small engine (2-3hp long shaft) in a dedicated well aft, under the tiller and out of the way.
A Boat for the Family and Friends
She has enough room for up to eight adults but is equally at home being single handed. Her size makes her perfect for comfortable cruising around the coast. Like Storm 17, she has an optional folding spray hood which provides useful shelter for 2-3 people if the weather turns bad. There is substantial storage room in hatches under her foredeck and the decks themselves are inset a few inches so any items placed on them will not be lost overboard. A coaming runs right round the cockpit providing a comfortable backrest for all, and the high boom means that no heads will get hit.
Being a lightweight boat for her length, it is easy to see why she performs as well as she does. "Sails like a Witch" was the verdict of watercraft magazine and she will certainly trounce any traditional boats of her type. As an optional extra, we can supply a roller furling asymmetric spinnaker that really adds to her speed, especially in light winds.
A Versatile Rig
Storm 19’s standard rig is a gunter ketch. Whilst we would be happy to discuss different rig options with individuals, we feel that this rig has a lot going for it. The most obvious benefit is the easy way in which the rig can be tamed by dropping the mainsail. If conditions worsen while you are out, then simply release the halyard and the main sail and yard drop into the boat. Perfectly balanced under Jib and Mizzen, she transforms into a benign, upright and reassuring little craft, a very useful feature if you have reluctant crew on board.
Everyone asks about how the tiller works in relation to the mizzen. We always invite them on board for a go and once they sit themselves against the comfortable curved back rest, it becomes obvious how easy it is. The slight weather helm ensures the tiller is always on your side of the boat and when going about you simply push it over, swap sides (it’s not in the way) and pick it up on the new tack.
Safe and Seaworthy
She has passed her capsize and flotation tests with flying colours and passes the EU RCD tests for Category C (Inshore). Her seat sides are such that they restrain any shipped water from flowing too far port or starb'd. This has the huge benefit of actually making her more stable after a capsize. Her hollow sealed spars mean that a 180 degree inversion is very unlikely & she can be righted easily.
Try Something Similar
We do not currently keep a Storm 19 for test sails as she is very similar in so many ways to the Storm 17. However we always welcome people for a sail in the smaller boat, pointing out that the main difference is the extra 2ft of room in the cockpit.
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