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Snipe Sailboats

We have two old snipe sailboats which are a huge pain and one of the masts is not good, fiberglass coming apart on another etc etc. I would like to piece together one good one out of both...haven't sailed in years but want to get back into it. I would like to buy something similar in size and sailing ability for one to two people...something easier to manipulate. Any ideas or suggestions?
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There is a boat called an O'Day Daysailor which is about 17' long - perhaps a tad bigger then a Snipe. Very simple to rig and there were a bunch of them made. Oday Daysailer II sailboat for sale
Almost any newer small sailboat should be easier to deal with. I sailed a Snipe several times back in the day, thought it was a kind of fun boat.
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I went from a snipe to a Harbor 20. I LOVE my Harbor 20. It is a fun day sailor and simplicity epitomized.
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Re: Snipe Sailboats

Well, after spending many hours of loving hard work on a 1970 Lofland Snipe for my two daughters, the first day out I bent the mast beyond repair. Does anyone know where I can get a used Snipe mast to salvage my pride and so my kids will speak to me again?
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Re: Snipe Sailboats

Hey Rick -

Welcome to Sailnet! One small thing: It would probably be better to just start another thread, rather than bringing up an old one.

Back to the question. Don't have any leads on a Snipe mast, but, here is what you are looking at:

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That would be pretty stupid considering you might be able to get a (really) used boat for $200

Snipe sailboat for sale

You might also be able to McGyver some sort of repair, with an aluminum sleeve.

I think I would look for a used boat and salvage the part(s) you need.
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Re: Snipe Sailboats

rick,
Sorry to hear about your bent mast misadventure.
The good news is that the Snipe is still raced internationally so there are new boats being made today.
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(poke around this ^ website to see if you can find used equipment for sale).
The bad news is that a brand new mast is likely more than you have spent on your boat to date.
I hope you can find a used Snipe mast.
If you can't find a Snipe mast you might consider a mast from a similar sized boat (Lightning 19'?...) which could be cut down and spreaders re-adjusted.
As I recall masts were once made out of Sitka Spruce?
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