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Cooper built Mapleleaf boats from 42 to 68 feet in the 70s and 80s. By and large they are well regarded in the PNW, and many have traveled extensively offshore. The 42's original rudder design was flawed and modifications were required to improve downwind handling. Whether this was addressed on the other models or not, I'm not sure. They are large boats with comfortable accomodations.
You may also want to investigate Cooper's pilot house line, the Cooper 353, 416, and 508 from the same era. Very different boats than the MLs, but distinctive in their own right. US yachts manufactured a couple of models after buying the molds.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
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