Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mast for Hobie 18 or MacGregor 25/26/Venture 24, etc.

Hobie 18 Mast with original fittings: black anodized, same width as MacGregor 25 and many other sailboats, but deeper front to back for more strength. (Great for replacing that "no longer perfect" mast you now have...or a homebuilt sailboat)

Pickup only, of course...or we can deliver for a mileage fee...


Bill Vokac (217) 369-0015 or

O'Day 25

SOLD -- This SOLID cruiser has a gimbled "hurricane lamp," fresh water, holding and 9 gallon gas tanks, dodger, jacklines, AM/FM/CD, shore power cord, bulkhead compass, etc. and is already in a slip on Dock 3 at Clinton Lake, IL...
(Slip renewed for 2010 season andis available for a transfer fee... !)

I sold a sister ship last January for $7750...but this one is "winter priced" at $6500 obo !
Two axle trailer with launch extension and Johnson 10HP motor are included...

For more details, contact Bill Vokac (217) 369-0015 or

Clipper Marine 23

This Clipper Marine 23 (1/4 tonner) "Morning Dove" got NEW main, Genoa, with Sea Flex Roller Furling in 2005 !! Over $5000 invested, but it's yours for $3500...

Contact Bill at (217) 369-0015 or

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Venture 21

Bow Pulpit/Lifelines, Bulkhead Compass, 3 Sails,
Boarding Ladder, Berth Cushions, Lazerette,
Danforth Anchor w/rode, Topping Lift, Dock Lines,
O/B Lifting Bracket, Deck Vent

Trail-Rite Trailer has Bearing Buddies on hubs and tires bought new in 2008.

5HP Nissan 2-cycle Outboard w/Forward, Neutral, Reverse (S/N 46677) included at $1950

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mecury 3.3 HP outboard

S O L D !!
Mercury (2-cycle, 41 lbs.) looks and runs like new. Don't pay $900 for a new one when you can have this one for $350...and, yes, it starts and runs as great as it looks!!
(Think 3.3 HP is too small for your cabin boat? I used a 2.75HP as a spare to power my MacGregor 25 when my "primary motor" was in the shop for a new impeller or "carb kit"-- it worked fine for getting in and out of the my slip on Dock 5)
To listen to it purr, or for more details, contact Bill Vokac at bvokac@HOTMAIL.COM or (217) 369-0015 (217) 369-0015 (CELLPHONE)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Events Enjoyed:

CLSA's Valley Forge Forage: (2-15-09)

Paul and George Wissmiller pose in front of the trail marker just before walking the Houseboat Cove (Twin Horn Bay) Hiking Trail along the wooded shoreline of Clinton Lake. The 2.4 mile loop took about an hour and a half -- which allowed a stop at the bench on the point to enjoy the sun-kissed - lake view.
The CLSA Valley Forge Forage was initiated by Bill and Sarah Freyman
(now-retired educators who have relocated to Door County, WI) and is normally scheduled on the Sunday nearest President's Day each year. Even in the worst weather, a few brave souls walk the trail and pick up refuse left by others. Most years, a dozen sailors attend and quickly form a fast group and a slower group, depending on walking ability and pauses along the trail to photograph or simply enjoy unusual sights.

Friday, January 30, 2009


SNIPE Parts or complete (One Design Racer/DaySailer) 15'

(Snipe Parts available separately also...)

Complete with trailer, sails and all rigging, but previous owner did not finish installing plywood raised floor in bow area -- which newer Snipes have.
(Remove floor or continue floor to bow before launching...or just cover the two oblong drain holes in stern to make seaworthy...)

Make Offer... for entire boat or will consider selling SNIPE PARTS...what do you need?

(217) 369-0015 or

Monday, January 19, 2009

About Me

About Me...

My Cousin Tom took me sailing off the Conn. Coastline on an O'Day 17' Daysailor in the early 70's and I've been sailing every chance I get ever since.

Since this introduction, I've Chartered and/or Raced sailboats on The Gulf, Atlantic, Pacific Coasts and a number of times in The Carribbean Seas. Every vacation includes searching for an opportunity to sail before returning home...

Having been a Charter Member of the Clinton Lake Sailing Association
(CLSA ) and serving in many offices over the years -- there's been an ample opportunity to contribute to the CLSA Goal of promoting sailing at Clinton Lake.

Offices held include:

Harbormaster (CLSA Pavilion Constructed 1984-1986),
(Youth Sailing Days and Weds.evening FREE Group Sailing Instruction,
CLSA Rental Fleet-- FREE to CLSA Certified Members -- )
Commodore (New Committe Boat Outboard and CLSA Boathouse,
Rear Commodore (2008),
and Membership Chairman
(2005 - present, CLSA Spring Sailboat Show/Open House, Laser/Sunfish Challenge ).

Established SailNow Sailing School to provide:

Sailing School -- Individualized sailing lessons and Certification Programs

Sales -- Buy, Sell, Trade, Broker (sell by commission) Sailboats

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Welcome to Bill Vokac's SailNow Blog

Fellow Sailors:

This Blog has been created by:
Bill Vokac's SailNow to provide regularly updated information about Clinton Lake - Illinois
Clinton Lake Sunset (from CLSA Point)

Sailing Opportunities
Upcoming Activities

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