View Full Version : Chrysler Mutineer

04-08-2007, 09:59 AM
Last year my brother in law bought one of these. The Mutineer is a 15' sloop that was introduced in 1971 by Chrysler Marine's Sailboat division. It is a sweet little boat, or at least I thought so when I went out in it. Has a very roomy cockpit and seems to handle real well.

But now my brother in law is getting rid of his. He says that it is too complicated. Too, complicated!? I can't believe that. I mean it has just a few strings to pull, nothing like a gaff rigged boat like mine. But I guess he just isn't a sailor after all. :rolleyes:

Here are some photos of the Mutineer from the class website. These are not of him or his boat, but of the same type of boat. His looks like the yellow one.






If I had a spare $1200 laying around and didn't have so many dang boats and boat projects I would snatch this one up.


Memphis Mike
04-08-2007, 10:02 AM
It's fiberglass.:rolleyes:

Tom Galyen
04-08-2007, 10:50 AM
to raise the sail and one to sail it. Who needs a sail forward of the Main anyway I certainly don't.

Have him visit the catboat forum at trailersailor.com he'll get a lot of info on a truly simple boat.

Tom G. (Seaweed)

04-08-2007, 12:56 PM
Maybe a catboat is for him. I'll mention that to him next time I talk to him.


04-08-2007, 01:00 PM
now there's a thought...a cat ketch or cat schooner on a catamaran hull form, with wishbone booms......

04-08-2007, 03:40 PM
WHY? this is a WOOD boat forum !

04-08-2007, 04:18 PM
It's not the rig that is too complicated, it's the fact that it's a sailboat that makes it too complicated. A Chrysler Mutineer is about as simple a boat as is a Sunfish. The BIL is just not a sailor.

I assume that the Mutineer was designed by the same guy that designed the Buccaneer? Rod McAlpine-Downey or something like that? They still build Buccaneers and you see fleets of them in the midwestern lakes region. My uncle actually had one and I went with him once on it. It moved, but the rigging and fittings were not quality stuff and I didn't see how it would last. I think that the boats are supplied with better equipment now.

If I am not mistaken this designer had some experience with FD's and the Buccaneer has a sort-of FD look about her. The Mutineer is not a bad looking boat at all, and that price is pretty nice if it has a trailer that works. Someone wanting a perky daysailor might jump on it.

Mickey Lake

04-08-2007, 06:35 PM
You're right Mickey, it's a Rod Macalpine Downie boat, (found it here http://www.mutineer15.org/history.html )I think he mostly drew catamarans. My original thought was she was an Uffa Fox boat.

I think it's a great looking boat. Offer him half his asking price Chad. it's a little lively, but I can imagine you and Ashley having a blast in her.

04-08-2007, 08:16 PM
My first thought when he mentioned to me that he wanted to get rid of it because it was too complicated was that it don't get much simpler than that. In fact my Weekender has way more strings too pull, or so it seemed to me.

Tom mentioned the cat and that might be good for him, but the more I think about it the more I think he just isn't a sailor.

Knowing him and the type he is, if I offered him half of his asking price he probably wouldn't take it. He would hold on to the boat until he got his asking price.


Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
04-08-2007, 08:48 PM
I learned to sail in a small fiber@#$%^& boat like that.
Sailing is a blast Chad, wood or not.
I figgure it this way, learn to sail in a boat that you don't mind beating up a little.
Like a first car, then build a fine wooden boat when ya get good and know how to take care of it.
If nothing else you'll have something to compare eh?

04-08-2007, 09:00 PM
Kevin I have enough boats, or so the wife says. I've got the Weekender to sail in, the canoes for other stuff and the Balboa for working on.

So I really don't need another boat at the momement, although this one would be a good one to have.


Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
04-08-2007, 09:09 PM
Where you sail is importaint also Chad.
Lake Erie is a sailors paradise in a boat like that.
Wish I had your Weekender.