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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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I did some research a few years ago on these Ron Amy-designed boats, as I was looking at buying a Landfall 39 in good condition. A popular opinion regarding the design itself was that Amy took an original William Garden design and altered it. The rest of what I gathered, from internet research to speaking with brokers/delivery skippers, etc., is that the Spindrifts were the best built of all the variants. The Landfall 39s (which I believe is the same boat using the LOD rather than the LOA with the bow sprit) are considered the most poorly built, though that does not mean they are bad boats. Even so, the average asking price of a Landfall vs. a Spindrift are dramatically different.
The Landfalls, which I recall were built first, have the galley up and starboard. It wasn't until I came across the Spindrift that I ever saw the galley down (with a nav station opposite). Most Spindrifts I have seen have this layout. I also believe, and someone correct me if I am wrong, that the Spindrifts were built by Formosa, and the Young Suns built by Ta Chaio. Or maybe it's the other way around...
Anyway, I personally know of two Spindrift 43s cruising the world. One is owned by a contributing writer for Lats & Atts magazine and is in Panama or Columbia by now, the other I saw in Antigua for the LAts & Atts int'l cruiser's party in May of '06. Both owners absolutely love their boats, with the latter having survived a pretty bad hurricane bashing.
I hope you end up getting one, Daddyhobbit. They're awesome cruising boats.
Oh, and please let us know if you find out more information or have corrections to what I think I know...
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"Always approach the dock at the speed you wish to hit it."
1978 North Sea 33 Pilothouse Cutter (Ta Chiao)