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post #9 of Old 03-08-2002
thomas s
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Best Built Boats?

I have to stick up for the contessa and westsail. While I wont say they are the best built , what boat is ?(probally my bucket boat I built as a kid,five gallon paint jugs strapped to a pallot.) The contessa was built to Lloyds standards,for all you paper sailors, calculations show she will heel to 157 degrees before capsizing.This boat has completed many circumnavigations ,a rounding of cape horn against the wind, best of all it was the only boat to finish the 79 fastnet when a force 10 gale forced every other boat in her class of 58 boats to drop out. You cannot ever say the westsail is not a well built boat, what kinda boat washed up on the beach perfectly intact during the storm of the century? thomas
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