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There were several sizes built - 316, 353, 416 and 508. Only a couple of 50s were built, but the 416 was quite popular.. a very large boat despite it's relatively pinched ends (by today's standards, anyhow) Max beam is around 14' if I recall.
Build quality is average, far as I can tell, very little anecdotal stories of problems, but they are on the rare side.
Non-pilothouse versions were produced under the "Banner" name, and for a short time US yachts had the molds and produced their own versions as the US 35 and US 42.
Finally, a few were produced by a company call Northwest - I saw an example of the 316 done by them, but the company went belly up. Some changes to the deck molds included a Bill Garden-like overhang on the pilothouse roof. It looked nicely done and the owner was quite happy with it.
I think they'd sail OK compared to some other similar boats, the emphasis was on "pilothouse sailboat" rather than motorsailer. Fin keel, skeg rudders decent sized rigs set them apart from their cousin the Seabird 37 e.g.
The 416 esp seem to hold their value here in BC.
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