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I'm old enough to remember Bob Fortune, who was a weatherman on the CBC I think. I remember reading in Pacific Yachting about his creation of the boat with Stan Huntingford. Probably in the early 70's. Stan's designs were all aimed at offshore use which was Bob's intention as well. I have seen badly built Huntingford boats but I think the designs were good. It seems that they were built by Philbrooks in Sidney.
Thanks Mitiempo. I too am old enough to remember Weatherman Bob and in fact sat with him in the cockpit of one at a floating boatshow at the Bayshore back in the day.
We were discussing the fact that the boat had the most comfortable cockpit I ever sat in (still does). He couldn't remember the word "ergonomics" so when describing how he and Huntingford developed the plug he said they "assed" it into shape - sat in it and then made changes, sat in it again and so forth. It really worked! If you get the chance to sit in one, try it and you will see.
The reason for my post is that I have some concerns about its light air performance. I expect it is no ghosting rocket but if it's a real dog in our local conditions I don't want one.
I spoke to a guy in Squamish who has a wood near sistership - actually a duplicate of Huntingfords personal boat. He said it performs well in light stuff so that was a help, especially considering his boat was a ton heavier and had a full (not cutaway) keel.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.