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Spartan: A Vintage NY50 Finds Salvation

The owners took Spartan on the racing circuit last summer (2011) starting in Maine, where they participated in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. There, they led the Herreshoff Class fleet at the twelfth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden, and took honors in all three races that also included the Camden Feeder Regatta. After Maine, Spartan returned to Nantucket to compete in the 39th Opera House Cup Regatta where she had been dismasted 31 years before. She placed third in her division. Next winter Spartan’s owners plan to take her to the Med to race against the Fifes where she is certain to do well.

“There is scuttlebutt over the NY50s being the greatest one-design class ever built. I certainly agree with that statement,” said Spartan’s former captain, John Wenz. “I have never sailed anything quite like her. She responds like a nimble modern ocean racer but yet has a solid feel of a classic yacht. She is all thoroughbred and all business. She wants to go fast all the time.”


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A work of love and a beauty to behold. Argubaly worth every peny as compared to spending, say $42 million on a Picasso to hand above the couch.

$17000 in 1912 translates into...28 top-end luxury cars of the day? So she originally cost something like 1/4 to 1/2 million "today" dollars back in her day?
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Not sure that boat could be built for 250K-500K US$ today, Probably would need to add at least one zero and double to quadruple that! I'll bet the resto was more than the original cost!

But, what a beauty!

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Re: Spartan: A Vintage NY50 Finds Salvation

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$17000 in 1912 translates into...28 top-end luxury cars of the day? So she originally cost something like 1/4 to 1/2 million "today" dollars back in her day?
I think that conversion estimate is radically low - $17K then would have bought you 2 or 3 mansions in Vancouver. Now they would be $millions.

Back then a Model T cost about $300. Now a Taurus costs more like $30K - a factor of 100. That makes the old $17K more like a million seven now. Probably still not enough to build a new one - I doubt skilled shipwrights will work for a couple of bucks a day anymore.

Don't you wish the designers these days would sacrifice a bit of waterline in exchange for those gorgeous overhangs.
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