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Old 08-13-2001
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Rebuilding an Unknown Sailboat

I have a boat that I'm attempting to rebuild, but I don't know the type or designer. The boat is about 17 feet long, and six feet across. The design resembles an O'Day Daysailer. There is a plate that states "Manufactured by SAILSTAR, Hull ID No. 01104, West Warwick, RI."

I'm sure it is not a SeaSprite 23. The transom has a well for an outboard motor on the left side, the keel runs inside the hull with the centerboard pinned from within the hull. The rudder is removeable and mounts to pivot points on the transom. The decking is totaly missing from inside, the hull inside is bare except for the keel. I hope I've given enough information, thanks for any help you can provide.

Jon Shattuck responds:
Thanks for sharing your puzzler with us. After taking a quick look in the BUC Used Boat Price Guide, I found out that SailStar Boats, Inc. built a line of boats 17 to 32-foot boats in Bristol, RI, from 1962 to 1971. The book then refers to Bristol Yacht Company for more recent years, but it appears the smallest boat Bristol built from 1971 and on was 19 feet. As an aside, this was back in the days when different models were named, versus just delineated by their builder and length as they are today.

For additional information, you should check out some of SailStar's model names; Corinthian, Caravel, Conquest, Corsair, Herrshoff 25, Explorer, Orion, Courier, Defender, Pioneer, Starfire, Voyager, Sea-Sprite, and Amphibi-con. The models in the 17-foot range are the Explorer ('62-'69), Defender ('65-'67),
Pioneer ('62-'67), and Starfire ('65).

Additionally, here are a few Internet links you might find of interest:

http://www.pearson365.org/images/pearson_history.htm

http://www.alberg30.org/collaborate/moin.cgi/SeaspriteTwentyThree?action;

Unfortunately, I was in diapers when these boats were built, so I'm afraid I cannot offer more. I hope this is helpful.

Happy sailing!

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