The Mutineer is a 15' sloop that was introduced in 1971 by Chrysler Marine's Sailboat division. It was developed by boat designers Rod MacAlpine-Downie and Dick Gibbs.
The Mutineer was initially intended to be marketed as a beginner's daysailer and trainer. However with extensive features such as the roller-furling jib, spinnaker, foredeck launcher tube, hiking straps, hiking stick, and more this was no beginner's boat. If anything, it was a racer trainer. All of these features were considered innovative, and leading edge in those days, so the fact that the basic design was never changed, and that many of the innovations are found on most of today’s racing boats says a lot about the designers.
The Mutineer turned out to be an all-round fun daysailer for families, couples or individuals. Her wide beam and spacious 7' cockpit make it easy for her to carry a large crew, yet sail on her proper lines. The Mutineer's large sail plan feels every wisp of breeze.
If you are looking for a boat that you can get into very reasonably, the Mutineer is the boat for you. According to Dick Gibbs, the designer in charge of production, Chrysler built almost 6,000 of these boats from 1971 to 1980.
In 1980 Chrysler received government loans (bailout) and as a consequence Chrysler was forced to divest the Marine Division. A number of Chrysler employees then formed Texas Marine Industries (TMI). TMI built the boats from 1981 thru 1982.
In 1982, Wellcraft Marine bought the rights to the boat and built them under the Starwind 15 name until 1984.
in 1985 Gloucester Yachts purchased the rights to build Mutineers and built appoximately 40. Then in 1986 Cardinal Yachts acquired the rights to be the builder. Harry Sindle, the owner of Cardinal Yachts, built some nice Buccaneers, but we are still looking for a Cardinal Mutineer (please contact the Webmaster if you can document one).
In 2003 Nickels Boat Works purchased the Mutineer and Buccaneer molds from Cardinal Yachts. Over the winter of 2007/2008 they reconditioned the Mutineer molds and made some upgrades to the cockpit and foredeck. The first new Mutineers in possibly 20 years were built starting in the spring 2008 and have been selling very well in the US and Canada. The craftmanship of Nickels Mutineer is exceptional and the boats are beautiful. So if you are in the market for a new boat, visit our friends at Nickels Boat Works.