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I love the (57?) T bird. the new one is nice but it lacks class. Think Albin Ballad.
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Re: Reviving an Old Design

A similar project was a new Nordic 40 built a few years ago, the boat was first built in the mid 80's. I think the new boat was built using the salvaged original molds, but updated with a drop down stern, modern materials and of course all up to date equipment. It has an older sail plan, big jib, small main, and there was some thought about moving the mast forward to update sail handling, but it could not be done. The end result is a great looking boat, but still a 20 plus year old design and one has to wonder how it would compare to a Bluejacket 40 or other higher end contemporary boat.
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A similar project was a new Nordic 40 built a few years ago, the boat was first built in the mid 80's. I think the new boat was built using the salvaged original molds, but updated with a drop down stern, modern materials and of course all up to date equipment. It has an older sail plan, big jib, small main, and there was some thought about moving the mast forward to update sail handling, but it could not be done. The end result is a great looking boat, but still a 20 plus year old design and one has to wonder how it would compare to a Bluejacket 40 or other higher end contemporary boat.
I think the OPs main thrust here is rebuilding a classic plastic in aluminum for high latitude adventuring, but your example is, I think, relevant.

We saw that Northstar 40 at the Seattle boat show when it was unveiled - and I thought it was the most appealing 'new' boat at the show. Do you know if they are still making a go of it?
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I am not sure, Norstar in Bellingham built the new boat, and their website is still up, but I do not know if they ever build another one.
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I love the (57?) T bird. the new one is nice but it lacks class. Think Albin Ballad.
When the re-made T-Bird came out it reminded me of those cheap "tintype" toys that came from Hong Kong when I was a little kid. They were shaped like a well used bar of soap and were painted with details to supposedly make them look like a specific car.

I hated them as a small child and I hate the grownup version now.
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