Manta 19 GBP £2,400
According to old magazine articles, the Manta 19 was created by the Austrian designer Anton Miglich as a small cruiser/racer. David Hutchinson of Blakes Marine was showing their Kelpie yacht at the Friedrickshaven boat show in the early/mid 1970’s when he first saw the Manta 19. He arranged to have a series of test sails on the local lakes near to the Austrian builders (Schoechl Yachts) home base and he was so impressed that he negotiated permission to build 200 Manta 19s in the UK under licence.
Blakes Marine, a subsidiary J.Blake & Co. Ltd. Group (a long established main dealer of Ford cars), built Manta 19’s from their base at Hoylake on the Wirral. Originally they were supplied with mainsail and genoa. They were well equipped with pulpit, lifelines, berth cushions and curtains and cost £2219. A road trailer could also be supplied for an extra £275 and they recommended an outboard engine was a 5hp long shaft Achimedes Penta.
Unlike many small yachts in its class, the Manta 19 has a moulded interior lining which provides a very smooth finish inside and virtually eliminates condensation.
The Manta 19 is very similar to an Investigator 563, with a shallow shoal draft type keel that houses the centreboard. This ensures the Manta 19 is stable both under sail and when sitting around at anchor. The interior is in fantastic condition and has been well looked after. Inside is blue leather seating/berths and has a lovely hard wood finish. Outside is in great condition, no damages to hull.
Vessel Details and Dimensions:
Vessel Type: Manta 19′
Length Overall: 19′
Beam: 6′ 6
Price includes a 4hp engine
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