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post #6 of Old 09-19-2008
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Seafarer 31 yawl

I've owned a 1973 Tripp designed Seafarer 31 mk 1 yawl for about five years. When I first got the boat, I'd say she needed quite a bit of TLC. I'm getting there. She sails wonderfully though and is quite a head turner with the black hull and the attached bow sprit, I think that was a mod from the original design. I recently took third place in a regatta with10 other boats, beating several more modern and supposedly faster yachts handily. The yawl rig really gets up and goes on a reach. She has a tendancy to roll in a following swell due to the narrow hull, but will point nearly as high as a sloop with a deeper keel. Average top speed seems to be 6.5 but I've seen over 10 when surfing down a wave. A fun boat to sail.
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