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|06-30-2008 10:27 AM|
Good old boat has article on S2 8.6 in new issue FYI
|04-15-2008 08:16 PM|
|dorourke||I have found the Sail Net community to be the best place for any S2 affiliation I know of. I poasted many questions here. I was as grean with this forum as any could be. The responses I got were honest and most healpful. I hope with my limited experience and while working on my boat I can help others. I'm knowing more about my S2 8.0B every time I go to work on it and I am most willing to share my sucesses and failures. Let's keep this thread going for all of us and maybe someone from "Good Old Boat" will be watching.|
|02-28-2008 10:03 PM|
It goes with the teritory
With several exceptions ..ie PSC..boats out of production find themselves orphaned in the sailing circles..
Irwin is in the same pond as you find yourself in and there is little community held togather in one strong unison..
|02-28-2008 09:55 PM|
Another source of information and some parts - is Offshore Spars in Michigan - just north of Detroit. I needed to replace one of my spreaders tips - and I ended up having them refurbish them - they did a fantastic job and their price was very good.
Originally Posted by dakuehn View Post
|02-28-2008 04:59 PM|
I have an 8.0b model. Although I have extensive experience on multihulls, this has really served to show me how much more I have to learn. The boat has been very forgiving and I really enjoy sailing on her. I know she certainly isn't the fastest boat on the lake, but I love her just the same. She needs new sails, new rigging, new ropes, and a few new pieces of hardware. Other than that,she is ready for the upcoming season. I may even attempt to race her this year,if everyone will wait for me to finish. Thanks for the info guys.
|02-27-2008 11:06 AM|
|dakuehn||From a business strategy perspective, I take my hat off to Leon Slikkers and Sons for nurturing a successful manufacturing business in a state (Michigan) where similar enterprises are quite out of the norm. Occasionally, I will pick up a power boating magazine and look at what they have to say about Tiara Yachts or Pursuit Boats and the familiar discussion of quality design and construction (especially fiberglassing techniques) is always mentioned. I have been working hard on a minor refit of my 7.3 for the last year and contacted the Holland, MI factory for some rudder bushings, which I received within 3 weeks of my fax. They are great guys and my sense from talking with some of the staff is that they would love to get back in the sailboat business, but only if it makes economic sense.|
|02-26-2008 10:15 PM|
Actually S2 made some of the 7.9 models in the early 1990's - but for all intents and purposes, they stopped in the late 80's along with most of the other sailboat manufacturers.. a sad ending indeed...
Originally Posted by maboyer View Post
|02-26-2008 10:13 PM|
Yes, for some reason S2 has never had the cult following like other manufacturers. Probably because other than the 7.9 or 9.1, they never really had a "classic" boat so to speak which attracted a lot of attention.
I don't think the fact that they stopped making boats after 1987 matters - Tanzer had a very active following and their class association provides lots of info about the boat.
Bret's site is a good start - I have sent him a brochure on the S2 - I own -the S2 27 - you'll find next to NOTHING on that model - they only made 85 of them from 1985-1987.
If you have a 7.9 - they have an active web site so to speak, the 9.1 forum is fairly inactive. At the end of the day, the larger the sales volume, the greater the odds you'll find information and an active web presence.
I do look forward to see what GOB has to say about S2 - I am sure they'll provide some history about Slikkers, etc. I also hope they can interview Scott Graham and/or Eric Schlegeter who designed the racing S2 boats (and the 27 performance cruiser).
|02-25-2008 08:43 PM|
Good Old Boat reports sometime this year to be featuring an article on S2's, looking forward to seeing what they print. Bret's website is great! I love my 7.3 and look forward to owning another larger S2 in the near future.
|02-24-2008 09:07 AM|
I doubt you'll find anything in any periodical on S2's. I think you know Bret's website, he's collected as much info for the S2's (8.0's and many other models) you'll find anywhere and he is always updating it. The fellowship I've found is a sort of mutual apreation arround our marina, always proud owners.
Just in case, here is the website I spoke of.
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