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post #4 of Old 04-10-2001
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North Star 23''''

I had a 1973 Northstar 500 (S&S designed IOR 1/4 tonner) from 1988 to last year when I bought a 30'' Carl Schumacher designed ULDB. Whew! what a difference; better for the predominately light airs of Puget Sound. During my time with the Northstar, I found several ads in old issues of Yachting Magazine. These were primarily for the Northstar line, but did see an excellent graphic of the 727...but did not keep it. In my opinion the NS500 was very well built with the right fittings, good layup, etc. It even had tapped aluminum plates in the deck core sandwich where the winches were located; no through bolts. Probably was a little "overbuilt" relative to other boats of the period. Most parts (such as toerail, stanchions, spar parts,etc.) I was able to replace after some research. An easier task than with my new boat.....where the heck is Sparcraft.
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