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Sanduskysailor 10-23-2012 07:57 PM

Old boat going fast
 
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Check this pic out from a race in August. This old woodie was charging by at full song. Crew snapped pic with his cell phone just as boat was starting to do a slow broach. They took down their mizzen stay sail right after this pic.

A 1929 Alden 55 ketch. Dreamer. A work of art.

deniseO30 10-23-2012 08:26 PM

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would be nice to see tanbark used for the spinnaker!

rugosa 10-23-2012 08:30 PM

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Nice shot, regardless the upkeep, they are so sweet. Another shot under sail - Dreamer - Erie Photo Album - Topix

jrd22 10-23-2012 08:55 PM

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Nice, thanks for sharing.

CBinRI 10-23-2012 09:22 PM

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Just gorgeous.

Classic30 10-23-2012 09:26 PM

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Yes, rather an unfortunate choice of cloth for the spinnakers - plain white would have looked nicer. :0

I'm not sure why you might think old boats travelling fast is somehow unusual. There are many old "gentleman's yachts" (we have two here racing regularly - built 1895 and 1905) that can easily out-run a modern plastic given the right wind/sea conditions.

If anything displacement yacht speeds have probably got slower as the years have passed. Doing +15kts on a large old gaffer is a pretty exhilarating ride - and God help you if you hit anything!

Sanduskysailor 10-24-2012 09:05 AM

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Hartley. What the heck are you talking about? The title of the post was descriptive not a comment. A 55 boat going fast in 35 knots of wind is not surprising, so what. Your statements about plastic boats being slower etc means what? According to the owner the boat doesn't surf being 60,000 lbs.So what. The multi-colored staysail and spinnaker are quite striking when seen in person.

My intent in posting was to show an old classic steaming along with full sails and a massive bow wake. Great pic from a cell phone, that's it.

ccriders 10-24-2012 09:13 AM

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I think we sometimes forget that the lines of these boats, that we find so beautiful, were primarily drawn for speed. Not accomodations below and size of cockpit, but full out speed under sail.

Barquito 10-24-2012 09:46 AM

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Not to mention, they always seem to be rigged to carry an abundance of sail.

nolatom 10-24-2012 09:52 AM

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Woo-hoo, an assym carried out on the old wooden pole. They're hard-core.


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