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Old 12-21-2006
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spencer 1330

Does anyone know anything about a Spencer 1330. How does it sail, is it too much to handle for a couple, offshore capabilities etc.?

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These are solid boats, many of them have done extensive offshore voyaging. Roomy, center cockpit with a large engine "room", good livability and reasonable performance.

We attended a seminar last year put on by a fellow from West Van that sailed his 1330 from Vancouver - Mexico - Chile (wintered down there) then sailed the Patagonian coast, including a daytrip around Cape Horn. They then meandered back up the Chilean coast before sailing home via the Marquesas, Hawaii, Alaska, the Charlottes and the inside passage.

For the most part there was just the two of them, with occasional guest crew. The skipper was a retired airline captain, and obviously a very competent man at all he did. (and a fine photographer to boot!)

If you want his name, PM me. He may well be willing to chat.
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I'm not quite certain, and perhaps someone who has the books can comment on this, but I believe one of Ferenc Mate's books had a chapter on Spencer? If it wasn't Mate, I apologize. Might have been Vigor? Can't remember which book. A couple of months ago I was in a used bookstore and leafed through a book about quality sailboats and Spencer was indeed highlighted in an entire chapter.

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