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post #4 of Old 02-19-2003
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Helms 24 Information?

Sailcharlottes reply is correct. Helms Yachts were built in Irmo SC not in Florida. The build quality of the hull is excellent and the quality of the overall boat is good for the time. I sail a helms 30 that is all original and holding up very well after 23 years. Original sails, rigging, mast, wiring, engine,etc... outside of normal maintaince items. As with anything else, it has to be maintained. The fit and finish of the interior is a little lacking but for the money, it is fine. On the performance side, even with my 23 year old sails I can outrun most other 30 footers that aren''t tricked out for racing. Reefed down in a blow she handles well and her lines are far prettier than other plastic of the time and especially compared to the looks of modern tubs.

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