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post #3 of Old 05-24-2006
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Walk don't run the other way. These boats were intended to be inexpensive kit boats that could be trailered. The glass work on these boats was dismal. The narrow beam, high freeboard and low ballast ratio made for a boat that sailed very poorly in any breeze up over 10-12 knots and the short rigs meant really dismal light air performance. As home built boast the build quality of the interiors, rigging and sailing gear, electrical and plumbing varied quite widely, but most of these boats were sold to people who were not sailers (experienced sailors shyed away from these boats because of the dubious naval architecture) and so the boats that I have been on were full of details that did not come close to meeting any kind of reasonable standard. That said I did a sea trial on one that had an absolutely beautifully finished interior built by a former cabinet maker. In contrast to the beautiful casework, the 12 volt electrical system used regular 110 v solid type residential wire, a residential screw in fuse box for the 110 v system, and 110 volt style switches on the 12 volt system. Clear water line was used for the head. You get the idea.

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