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Abbott 36ers and Bukhs
I understand (from reading the forums) that you have an Abbott 36?
Which hull number and what name? I'm on the West Coast of Canada and have Abbott 36 hull #3, named Krikkit (formerly Windspeed).
The 36ers are relatively rare boats -- only about 13 built according to Bill Abbott Jr. I have a list of about 9 or so that I've tracked down.
Funnily enough, my last boat, a Contessa 26, had an 8-hp Bukh (not saildrive though), but Krikkit has been repowered with an 18 horsepower Yanmar 2GMF and Yanmar saildrive. It'll happily cruise under power at 6.5 to 7 knots.
Anyway, I'd be interested in comparing notes, getting you and your boat on "the list," and maybe getting some keel measurements from you next time you are hauled out (my boat has a non-standard keel, and I'd like to know exactly how much it differs from standard). I'd have PM'd you, but apparently I don't have sufficient posts for the Sailnet system to allow this.