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Sea Sprite 34 / CE Ryder--anybody know?

The Sea Sprites were reasonably well built traditional cruising boats. While the first Sea Sprites were Alberg designs, I think the 34 was a Luders design. Ryder had a good reputation for building solidly (if not terribly sophisticatedly engineered) built boats. That said, I beleive that quite a few of these boats were owner built. The only one that I saw was apparently owner finished pretty well but very quirky.

They have cut away forefoot- raked rudder post underbodies. This is my least favorite keel configuration. It lacks the directional stability of either a Full length keel nor the ease of steering and directional stability of a properly designed fin keel/skeg hung rudder.

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