Mistral 12 Sailing at Somers Point, NJ (YouTube video)

I bought this 12-foot Dinghy on Craigslist. The seller said that the boat would be sold to the highest bidder by Tuesday.  It was Saturday and we were leaving for a week's vacation, so I asked my brother to offer $400. The boat was like new, on a galvanized trailer and had a small electric trolling motor and other extras, so I really didn't expect to get it. The photos say the rest.

The boat was manufactured in 1982 by Canadian Yacht Builders, Quebec. You would never guess by this wierd HIN!

I fell in love with the Mistral 12 and decided to keep it for myself, but only sailed it four times in as many years! I recently celebrated my 82th birthday and it's time to let someone else enjoy the boat.

Selling Boat and Trailer for $1,799

I entered the Mistral and our two Roadmaster "Woodies" in two parades
and harvested lots of applause!

The Swiss company, Mistral, is well-known in Europe. In the eighties, Mistral was #1 in windsurfer competition. The Canadian branch of Mistral built a number of high quality sailboat models. Mistral still has subsidiaries around the world that make windsurfers, paddleboards, sportswear, bags & attachments, sunglasses and even cosmetics! Below are pictures of other Mistral sailboats.


The Mistral 16 was most popular (next four photos)

Some of the 16' Mistrals were fitted with a small cabin

Download a PDF of the Mistral 16 Manual (2.7 mb)


Mistral 4.04 (13' 3")

Download a PDF of the Mistral 4.04 Manual (1.7 mb)


Below: Mistral windsurfer, Mistral 4.07 (13' 4") in the center and a Mistral 4.04 (13' 3")

Mistral 4.07