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 Wood Standard
Boom Vang Standard
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 Chest Standard
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.
Foot 12.10 ft.
Luff 18.70 ft.
Pole 6.72 ft.
Sail Area (approximate)
Total 181 sq. ft.
Main 116 sq. ft.
Jib 65 sq. ft.
Spin 204 sq. ft.
Battens 5/8 in stock
2 & 4
39.50 in.
30.75 in.
36.75 in.
Cockpit Length
at Seat Height 100 in.
Ice Chest
IGLOO 36 qt.
Running Rigging DIA – Length
Main Halyard 5/16 in. – 52 ft.
Jib Halyard 5/16 in. – 41 ft.
Main Sheet 5/16 in. – 32 ft.
Jib Sheet (2) 1/4 in. – 26 ft..
Conningham 1/4 in. – 5 ft..
Out Haul Wire/Rope
Cntr Bd Line #1 1/8 in. – 5 ft.
Cntr Bd Line #2 1/8 in. – 10 ft.
Boom Vang 1/4 in. – 14 ft.
Jib Furling Line 5/32 in. – 18 ft.
Standing Rigging
Uppers 1/8 in. 1 X 19  18 ft. 8.5 in.
Lowers 1/8 in. 1 X 19  9 ft. 2.0 in.
Headstay (wire luff on furling jig)
Note: Shroud adjusters on uppers and lowers
Mast 24 ft. 7 in.
Boom 9 ft. 5 in.
Spreaders 27 in. each
Spinnaker Pole 6 ft. .72 in.
Weight 300 LBS
Coupling Size 2 in. ball
Wheel/Tire Size 5:70 X 8 – 4 lug
Load Range C
Shipping Dimensions
P-185 Boat only Boat W/Cradle Boat W/Trailer
 Height 35 in. TBD 57 in.*
Width 88 in. 88 in. 88 in.
Length 222 in. 222 in. 286 in.
Weight 590 lbs. TBD. 990 lbs.
P-185/w Keel Boat only Boat W/Cradle W/Trailer
Height 35in. TBD 78 in.*
Width 88 in. 88 in. 88 in.
Length 222 in. 222 in. 270 in.**
Weight 590 lbs. TBD 1270 lbs.
  *NOTE: W/ trailer winch stand removed.
  *NOTE: W/ trailer tougue length included.



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