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Essentially a Laser II hull combined with a SmartRig. Later replaced by the Rumba .

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Escape Expedition Wins First Everglades Challenge

George "VanMan" VanSickle participated and on the very first Watertribe Everglades Challenge race, and won sailing this Escape Expedition. It was a heavy weather year, he capsized a couple of times and broke his mast twice, having to jury rig it along the way. He gave me some neat info about the boat below.

From what I understand, that hull has been made by a couple of different companies and sold under a few names. Do you know much about the history of it's manufacture?

Well, a little snippet anyway. The Laser 2 (which had quite a history prior to this) was consolidated under the Sunfish-Laser company by Peter Johnstone in the 90s. He bought the rights to manufacture the Zuma, sunfish, laser, laser2 and Daysailer dinghies and produced all these from a manufacturing facility in R.I. Eventually he developed a vision around the idea that sailing was too inaccessible to entry level sailors. It was an elitist sport and the entry level equipment was too difficult to attract novices.

Escape sailboats was born from the idea of an extremely easy sailboat, a board boat, to buy, own and sail. Peter developed the first Escape as the first rotomolded polyetheylene sailboat, with a very simple rig, designed by Gary Hoyt, an innovative sail and rig designer.

To launch Escape, Peter sold most of the Sunfish-Laser designs to Vanguard sailboats. The laser, laser 2, sunfish all went to Vanguard. The Daysailer went to a former manufacturer of that class in Rhode Island. In the process, he retained the rights to duplicate the Laser 2 hull form under a different name. This became one of the early Escape models in 97, the Expedition 14.5. Essentially a Laser 2 hull with the Gary Hoyt, Smart Rig. Likewise, the Zuma became the Escape 12.5 with a similar rig. Except for the Expeditions, the original Escape rotomolded boats had grey hulls and the Smart Rig.

Unfortunately, the Expeditions were a transitional boat. The market for a reletivley expensive to produce hull with a Smart Rig turned out to be quite limited and the Expedition 14.5 and 12.5 stopped production after about a year. They were replaced by an expanded lineup of rotomolded Escape designs (much cheaper to mass produce) of different lengths and rig variations. These hulls were very stable, easy to sail and very durable.

Eventually the Expedition rights went to Catalina, who sat on the designs for a year or 2 and then started producing them with a different rig yet again, with a different name.

Peter Johnstone sold Escape Sailboats to Johnson Outdoors, who moved the company to Michigan to combine with another small boat company they owned. The rotomolded hulls were produced somewhere else (Georgia I think) anyway - but Escape ceased to be a 'sailors' company.

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This weekend,I snapped the mast on this laser 2 sailboat w/ the garry hoyt smartrig carbon roller mast. I love the boat and the rigging-apparently not enough other people shared this sentiment as there was only a brief production in the late eighties. I am trying to track down a replacement mast-any suggestions?  

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Catalina Yachts.....they did some tweaks and put the boats back into production around 2003 and should have a rig similar or close to what you could use.  

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I've got a bunch of aluminium spars, no carbon though. HW  

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ghsschneid said: This weekend,I snapped the mast on this laser 2 sailboat w/ the garry hoyt smartrig carbon roller mast. I love the boat and the rigging-apparently not enough other people shared this sentiment as there was only a brief production in the late eighties. I am trying to track down a replacement mast-any suggestions? Click to expand...
EWS said: Click to expand...

swims4USA

I had the 12.5 when I was younger. The furling system was actually great for fun lake sailing, and the performance was not bad at all. Was branded an Expedition 12.5 at the time, but the sail came with "ZUMA" in big irritating font, and now obviously Catalina 12.5/14.5. Agreed, contact Catalina. I saw a 14.5 at the Catalina Yacht Anchorage in Marina del Rey a few months ago.  

  • Aug 26, 2014

Contact Fiber Spar (if they still exist in MA). They made the masts for the Expeditions that were carbon.  

Masthead Enterprises in St Pete has a spare... I saw it in the rafters just this past weekend and asked what it was. They on SA as Paul at Masthead, I think.  

  • Feb 12, 2016

I am also on the hunt for Expedition 14.5 parts. Recently picked up a 1997 (the only year built) Expedition 14.5 out of Sarasota. Although the boat was stated as usable I am not sure how. The lower mast section was broken and epoxied right below the furler. I have been able to source the furler out of the UK so those are available . I have contacted Catalina and the the Capri Expo 14.2 mast is not the compatible. The measurements of the lower mast section are as follows Length 124 3/4" long, The bottom OD is 2 5/8" wide to a slight taper to 2 1/8" OD at the top. There is a cap at the bottom with a 1" hole. If anyone know where something like this could be fabricated please let me know. I contacted Masthead but they will not return my calls. Not sure if someone purchased the molds from FiberSpar when they closed their doors?  

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  • Feb 13, 2016
gj_ja_us said: I am also on the hunt for Expedition 14.5 parts. Recently picked up a 1997 (the only year built) Expedition 14.5 out of Sarasota. Although the boat was stated as usable I am not sure how. The lower mast section was broken and epoxied right below the furler. I have been able to source the furler out of the UK so those are available . I have contacted Catalina and the the Capri Expo 14.2 mast is not the compatible. The measurements of the lower mast section are as follows Length 124 3/4" long, The bottom OD is 2 5/8" wide to a slight taper to 2 1/8" OD at the top. There is a cap at the bottom with a 1" hole. If anyone know where something like this could be fabricated please let me know. I contacted Masthead but they will not return my calls. Not sure if someone purchased the molds from FiberSpar when they closed their doors? Click to expand...

BTW, the old thread... http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=150226  

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So, what is it.

Well, the Escape Expedition is a hybrid. What you are looking at is a Laser II  hull with modifications made by Peter Johnstone of J/Boats and Gunboat fame. During the 90s, Peter sold off most of the Sunfish-Laser designs to Vanguard sailboats. The Laser and Sunfish went to Vanguard, now known as Laser Performance, of Rhode Island. He retained the rights to duplicate the Laser 2 hull form under a different name. This became one of the early Escape models in 97, the Expedition 14.5. Essentially a Laser II hull with the Gary Hoyt, Smart Rig.

LOA  14 ft. 6 in.  Beam  4 ft. 8 in.  Hull weight 168 lb

Why modify a Laser 2?

Peter Johnstone wanted to develop sailboats that allow easy access to all level of sailing abilities. The Escape Expedition was created as an entry-level sailing dinghy with a very simple rig, designed by Gary Hoyt, designer of Freedom Yachts.

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