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Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

I knew these boats in several ways. After we bought our Rhodes designed Vanguard, my family lived on the boat during the summers and there was a Swiftshore on the next mooring. I was friends with the owner's son who was my age and I sailed on that boat on occasion, and we raced them in the beer cans of the era. My Dad and Mom chartered one in Virgin Islands in the 1960's and talked about how they sailed relative to our Vanguard. I actually tried to buy a boat from Seafarer in 1963 and so knew Brian Ackworth (owner of Seafarer) and the factory reasonably well. Whatever I wrote was from memory. The deal was that Brian Ackworth was an airline pilot (BOAC I think) and was flying to the States and Europe. Before the Common Market was fully up to speed, boats out of Holland were really cheaply priced and the Dutch were one of the first country to build quality glass boats and did a beautiful job of building boats. Seafarer, like Sail Master, like Van Breems, like LeCompte, had boats built in Holland for import to the US. But as the Common Market got up to speed, the prices shot up and so Seafarer started building their boats in the States.

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