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Re: LeComte Medalist 33???
This is a close cousin to my favorite CCA era boat of this size, the Tripp designed Galaxy 32. A Medalist 2 with the gun turret house and fin keel/spade rudder would be a very rare boat. I had thought that all of the fin keel/spade rudder had the swoop trunk house.
These were extremely well built boats and came from the factory with a magnificent fit and finish.
I have not sailed the fin keel/spade rudder version, but the fin keel with attached rudder version was pretty slow in light air, but sailed well in a breeze. Tripp experimented with firmer bilges and more powerful stern sections than was popular in this era. It gave these boats a bit more stability and better dampening for a nicer roll motion (smaller angles and gentler end of roll motion) than was typical during that era.
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