I know this thread is a bit stale. I own a 1976 Northstar 1500. (H35) I nearly totally disagree with assumed performance. I never have had nor needed rail meat! fully battened main all out and my 150 on roller furling in 22+ knots beam reach does not bury the rail...she does do 8.4-8.6. Will plane downwind two foot seas 9.3/9.4 main alone. I have had Siren in rough conditions crossing the gulfstream and have no fear of her falling apart. Well built, no core and never a blister. She handles quick 1-1/2 lock to lock, like driving a sports car, A bit much for a first boat maybe. I have no problem single handing this boat. I used to have a 35,000# 43' double ended cutter, safe for sure, hard to single hand, every thing was so heavy.
Last edited by captjcook; 12-12-2008 at 06:19 AM.