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Re: Wooden sailboat suggestions please
There are a number of one design classes where wooden boats are still competitive. Thistles, Jets, and 505's come to mind. But these generally do not have outboards. If you want a romatic design, that might have an outboard, I would suggest that instead of a normal handicap regatta, that the race be 'classic boat' regatta which have become popular of late. These are raced in brackets (by length), Portsmouth Rule, PHRF and sometimes on a customized rating system for that specific regatta.
There are several older designs which would do very well in classic boat regattas because they are more well rounded designs than most older designs. If I wanted to chose a boat that to restore and go racing on, my favorites would be somthing like Herreshoff S boat or a Starling Burgess designed Atlantic class. The Herreshoff S is a particularly good design since there were a bunch scattered around the country and they were of particularly durable construction. They are also deceptively fast and offer a small cabin for that scene when the love interests get caught in a rain storm and so anchor, duck in the cabin to stay dry, and 'their eyes happen to meet'. If you care about authenticity, these boats often had side mounted brackets for the outboard which placed them next to the cockpit rather than on the transom.
I would avoid work boat derived designs like the 26-foot Penobscot Boat Works Lubec Sloop. They would not be very competitive unless racing other work boats, an unlikely event in Ohio. Boats like these were typically very short lived boats, built cheaply to work hard and then be disposed of.
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