The first offerings from PRECISION BOATWORKS nearly 20 years ago were open daysailors with a focus on good all around performance, and they have come full circle with their new PRECISION 185. In the interim, all but one of our eight previous PRECISION designs have featured enclosed interiors as part of their appeal. Only the PRECISION 15 (and PRECISION 15K) have been open boats, offering the joy of small boat sailing in its purest, simplest form. The P-15 design focused on stability, safety, lively performance and reliable handling, and she has been a huge success. The new PRECISION 185 expands on the broad appeal of her smaller sister by adding an extra dose of acceleration and speed to her performance profile.

The ‘big daysailor’ type is still probably best defined by the Lightning, Rhodes 19 and Flying Scott, all old favorites introduced nearly forty years ago. There has not been a great deal of innovation and development in this market for some time, and various new offerings have come and gone without making much of an impact. The PRECISION 185 will make her mark by using true state-of-the-art design and construction technology to combine vastly improved ergonomics and higher performance with low weight, low maintenance, and low cost. Comfortable seating, computer-shaped hull and fins, and precise tooling will all contribute to the appeal of this ‘new century’ competitor.

Like her smaller sister, the PRECISION 185 features a large, self-draining cockpit, a secure spot for a portable ice chest, practical under-deck storage, straightforward rigging, and high quality hardware. Her swim platform at the transom is an unusual feature usually reserved for large offshore cruisers. In addition to contributing to the fun by getting swimmers back aboard more easily and allowing youngsters to trail their toes in water, this ‘back porch’ can contribute to safety by facilitating boarding from a dinghy, and recovering from an accidental ‘man overboard’ incident more easily and quickly.

The performance parameters of the PRECISION 185 are not intended to put her in the realm of a ‘crash and burn’ Australian 18 skiff, but they will give her the kind of acceleration and speed that will turn heads and quicken the pulse when desired. She will offer speed, stability and control over a wide range of conditions that will be the envy of both her classic and contemporary competitors. She will sail beautifully under main alone when shorthanded or in heavy weather. Her broad deck beam and high-volume side decks will help keep her crew dry, and maximize her resistance to capsize. She shares the careful balance and dynamic stability that have earned the PRECISION 15, 165, 18, 21, 23 and 28 their well-earned reputations as lively, reliable performers in all conditions.

PRECISION BOAT WORKS continues to focus entirely on small boats, and their long experience and expertise in this market is second to none. They have built all of our PRECISION designs with meticulous care, and their commitment to high-quality construction is unwavering. We share their pride in everything they build, and we are confident that the new PRECISION 185 will quickly earn her place as a worthy addition to their well-respected line.

Jim Taylor


LOA – 18′ 5”
LWL – 16′ 8”
BEAM – 7′ 4”
DRAFT, Board up – 6″
DRAFT, Board down – 4′ 10″
DRAFT, Fixed Keel Version – 3′ 6″
»Centerboard Model – 590 lbs. (approx.)
»Fixed Keel Model – 880 lbs. (approx.)
Ballast, Fixed Keel Version 375 lbs. (approx.)
Sail area – 181 sq. ft.
Mast height above DWL – 27′ 3″
Designer: – Jim Taylor

Standard Equipment

  • Hand laminated fiberglass construction
  • Vinylester resin hull skin coat
  • Positive Foam flotation
  • 9 ft. 9 in. Self bailing cockpit
  • 8′ 2” Long Ergonomically correct cockpit seats
  • Stern swim platform/boarding area
  • Large forepeak locker w/watertight door
  • Ballasted fiberglass NACA foil centerboard
  • Sealed centerboard trunk w/mainsheet block
  • 4 Mooring cleats
    (Fixed keel version has 4 Stainless Steel Lifting eyes/mooring eyes)
  • Kick-up rudder
    (Fixed keel version has fixed rudder blade)
  • Tiller extension
  • Harken ball bearing blocks
  • Harken Jib track with cars and Harken cam cleats
  • Harken 4 to 1 boom vang
  • Anodized mast and boom
  • Hinged Stainless Steel mast step
  • Stainless steel standing rigging
  • Dacron running rigging
  • Stainless steel bow eye
  • Harken Jib Furling Gear
  • High Performance Mainsail and Furling Jib

Price of Boat and Accessories

Base Price With Standard Equipment
Roller Furling Jib With Furling Gear in lieu of Std.Standard
Fiberglass Rudder Blade in lieu of WoodStandard
Boom VangStandard
Main Sail Cover – Dark Blue Sunbrella$265.00
Jib Sock$299.00
Tiller Cover$45.00
Cockpit Cushions (P&S) Vinyl Covered Foam$695.00
Portable Ice ChestStandard
Outboard Motor Bracket$85.00
Removeable Foam Mainsail Head Board Float$199.00
Transom Mount Mast Carrier$69.00
Galvanized Trailer Single Axle$1,675.00 CB
$2,195.00 Keel
Bunker Load Fee, Boat Shipped w/o Trailer$165.00 CB
$225.00 Keel

Detail Specification

Handicap Rating
Portsmouth (centerbd)90.6 DPN
Sail Plan
I (Jib Height)18.70 ft.
J (Jib Width)6.10 ft.
E (Mainsail Width)9.00 ft.
P (Mainsail Height)21.50 ft.
Foot12.10 ft.
Luff18.70 ft.
Pole6.72 ft.
Sail Area (approximate)
Total181 sq. ft.
Main116 sq. ft.
Jib65 sq. ft.
Spin204 sq. ft.
Battens 5/8 in stock
2 & 4
39.50 in.
30.75 in.
36.75 in.
Cockpit Length
at Seat Height100 in.
Ice Chest
IGLOO36 qt.
Running RiggingDIA – Length
Main Halyard5/16 in. – 52 ft.
Jib Halyard5/16 in. – 41 ft.
Main Sheet5/16 in. – 32 ft.
Jib Sheet (2)1/4 in. – 26 ft..
Conningham1/4 in. – 5 ft..
Out HaulWire/Rope
Cntr Bd Line #11/8 in. – 5 ft.
Cntr Bd Line #21/8 in. – 10 ft.
Boom Vang1/4 in. – 14 ft.
Jib Furling Line5/32 in. – 18 ft.
Standing Rigging
Uppers1/8 in. 1 X 19  18 ft. 8.5 in.
Lowers1/8 in. 1 X 19  9 ft. 2.0 in.
Headstay(wire luff on furling jig)
Note: Shroud adjusterson uppers and lowers
Mast24 ft. 7 in.
Boom9 ft. 5 in.
Spreaders27 in. each
Spinnaker Pole6 ft. .72 in.
Weight300 LBS
Coupling Size2 in. ball
Wheel/Tire Size5:70 X 8 – 4 lug
Load RangeC
Shipping Dimensions
P-185Boat onlyBoat W/CradleBoat W/Trailer
 Height35 in.TBD57 in.*
Width88 in.88 in.88 in.
Length222 in.222 in.286 in.
Weight590 lbs.TBD.990 lbs.
P-185/w KeelBoat onlyBoat W/CradleW/Trailer
Height35in.TBD78 in.*
Width88 in.88 in.88 in.
Length222 in.222 in.270 in.**
Weight590 lbs.TBD1270 lbs.
  *NOTE: W/ trailer winch stand removed.
  *NOTE: W/ trailer tougue length included.



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