Some scary statements are put out there by folks that don’t care about what happens to others that ‘may not know better’. Browsing craigslist found this –
The seller is stating –
trailerable by car sleeps 4 offshore boat
Holly hell Batman are your trying to get people killed!?!?
Next owner statement –
Can be towed by mid size car and sailed to Hawaii. … The [Potter] 19 has made trips to Hawaii
OK … all true BUT any sane person cannot expect a stock Potter 19 to cross oceans. The boat is lightly built with minimum layup (ie, the fiberglass used, in both thickness and how put together), lightly ballasted (ie, only the steel daggerboard) and not appropriate to on a blue water crossing and caught in a gale or worse. The standing rig is also on the light size for appropriate crossing the ocean blue.
A Potter 19 is a good inland water and coastal cruiser. It does well and is, in most situations, a comfortable boat. The new boats were inexpensive, almost cheap, and for a person that doesn’t want ‘the best built or best sailor’ were a good choice. NOTE: I state all of this in the past sense as the builder, International Marine (aka, IM), sold the company to China and the boat molds are no longer in the USA.
I write the above as a person that was in the boat industry and NEVER sold the boats I built as more than they were nor told a prospect an untruth about what the boat was capable. The boats I built were significantly better built and better sea boats than any Potter – and I would never encourage anyone to sail one of the boats I sold to cross an ocean.
This is a situation of Caveat emptor and one of many examples the boating industry is failing – builders and sales are not honest – yeah, a lot like used car dealers!!
If you are looking for a blue water capable 20-ish-foot sailboat I recommend a Flicka.