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Spirit 23
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Description: Spirit 23
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed November 13, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very solid construction
Very forgiving in sudden wind gusts
Easy to single-hand and rig.
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Review Date: Tue February 18, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fairly solid, stable and forgiving. Easy to single-hand. Good first boat. Forward hatch is unusual shape and prone to break easily. Replacement must be fabricated, no replacement parts exist.
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Review Date: Sun July 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is very good for cruising but not for racing if you want to win. Or maybe I'm not a good racer. I've had this boat for about 14 yrs and have throughly enjoyed it. One drawback is the front hatch, mine is crached and weathered. I'm interested in replacing the smoked acrylic foward hatch. Has anybody made a mold for this? If not, are you interested in getting together to make a mold. I like the look of the original and would like not to replace with a fiberglass one.

Thanks,

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Review Date: Sun August 17, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The boat draws 2ft, (board up) 5 ft (board down). It is very
fast in light airs. It has 800 lbs of lead in the shoal keel that
makes it feel like a bigger boat. She is not tender and handels well. Adjusting the center board aids in balancing her in various conditions. Roomy, a large cabin area for this size boat. I'm rigging her for single-handing by leading both main and jib halyards, boom vange and the Jib down-haul to the cockpit. She doesn't need a main down-haul, as the slides are free, and the sail drops like a rock, even when not headed up. The original sails are in excellent condition, and I've added a 150 Genoa, and a suite of short sails for heavy weather.

She is fast, stable, stiff, and responds well. A tiller-tamer gives me freedom to make sail adjustments and short trips below decks. Summary : I'm very pleased with the boat, she's well built, and I plan to take her to the Bahamas this year.(1997)For any further info, (I have factory specs from a sales booklet with all the Spirit 23s' details) feel free to E-Mail me at : **************(hord.dr@worldnet.att.net)********** ***
I also have a website about restoring the boat,complete with pictures of a mast raising system, so I can single hand her to the Bhamas, at :

http://members.tripod.com/~DaveHord/









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Review Date: Thu April 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I love this boat. Its not hard to launch and is very easy to rig. When out sailing it will hold course when the helm is lashed, and is easy to balance. The centerboard is easy to raise and lower from the cockpit. The rig is bulit strong and the mast and boom have heavy black anodization. The only weekness is the rudder. Its very large and needs extra support during trailering. I would recomend this boat to all sailors who want a easy trailering, strong, and solid crusing boat.
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Review Date: Thu March 30, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat is strong and very good in moderate winds. Slight weather helm in winds over 18 knots, which would be expected. Forward hatch is a problem and I would like a new one fabricated. Also, one has to be careful of center board pennant. I have added a cruising spinnaker and a 155 mylar genoa for light winds. This has vastly increased light air speed. Have sailed boat on Lake Michigan and on Long Island Sound in winds over 25 knots. If you know of fabrication of forward hatch,or of lacation of replacements parts please advise at Brccglobal.@aol
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Review Date: Mon April 3, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great big little boat, the interior is lined with wood, stainless steel sink, large icebox, lots of storage, nice head layout, the cockpit is deep and roomy, heels great, and will respond in light wind, easy to launch and retrieve, I've been in stand up boats that don't have as much room as this boat does, a real value for the bucks.
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Review Date: Fri May 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased Spirit 23 from car dealer. This model has full fin keel and a 4.5 foot draft. Came complete and has full sail inventory in good shape. Have done 50% of needed repairs and upgrades. Came with trailer, but this model cannot be easily launched and retrieval would be nearly impossible. Will be kept in a marina and hauled by Travelift each Fall. I am replacing port frames with teak due to the original plastic breaking and leaking and as with other reviews, the forward hatch is a problem due to unusual shape and placement. Any info on forward hatch would be appreciated. I look forward to getting this boat in the water soon. I have obtained some info from Glastron from Tom Griesch (tgriesch@larsonglastron.com) and parts are available from Capt. Mac Marine in Austin, TX (512-929-7865 or fax: 512-929-7865). I hope this helps.
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Registered: June 2004
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Review Date: Sat June 19, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I am currently restoring my North American 23 also known as a Spirit 23.I have found it to be a solidly built little boat with a nice cabin layout. My boat was in need of a lot of TLC, but the price was right. For those looking for a replacement forward hatch contact JIm Alspaugh at sailorsvalet@cox.net. I purchaced one from him in acrylic for about $255.00
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Review Date: Wed November 2, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I bought this boat on impluse. I have no regrets. Sails well upwind.
I love the pop-up cabin feature.
I have my slip in shallow waters, so the swing keel comes in handy.
Very stable on a beam reach. Had that rail soaking!
I was going to move up in a year or two, but I'm having too much fun with this one. I think I'll just keep upgrading this one.
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Review Date: Sat December 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $3,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid Construction, stable, excellent lake cruiser
Cons: No

Yes, the North American (Glastron) Spirits are alive and well! I recently rescued a Spirit 23 from Lake Okeechobee, Fl. when it was drying up. The boat has only seen fresh water - and not alot of use. After doing the basics of refinishing the interior and exterior wood surfaces, cleaning and polishing the gelcoat, a new bottom paint job, sheets and halyards - She shines like a new penny! I've sailed her in Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell, Ga. The 2 ft. draft makes cove visits easy and yet, drop the centerboard and hold on for the big winds! Trailering is great - launching is smooth and effortless.

The previous owner tricked the boat out with a wind generator, auto pilot and some great electrical add ons.... I've added a Nissan 9.8 longshaft outboard and it pushes it right along.

It's a good old boat - with many years of sailing left. I'm sure I will have it around for years to come - especially since single handed sailing with it is a breeze!
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