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08-25-2009 10:45 AM
zeehag 1903 herreschoff built gaff rigged racing sloop--is a registered national historic treasure, belonged to my mothers uncle and he taught us how to sail on board her....nothing can match awesome...wa sdesigned by th edesigner of schooner america for a man named reynolds......long story.......
08-25-2009 03:16 AM
Omatako Soling or as a close second a Flying 15

Not the kind of boat I'd have a second look at today but back then they were superb.

Soling Yachts and the British Soling Association

Flying Fifteen (Flying 15) - Classes -
08-24-2009 08:20 PM
redcobra Mine
08-24-2009 08:09 PM
HopeFloats Sadler 32 - smallest boat I ever sailed...easy to single hand, F A S T! Screamed through from Seychelles to Richards Bay in South Africa in under 7 days in av. of 25-32 knots. Hung on by my fingernails, hardly touched the sails and helm and could have kept going. Performance sailboat with a reputation built on transatlantics and a number of circumnavigations. Most well know in the UK and amongst South Africans and New Zealanders. Thanks for the thread, haven't thought of that trip in years.
08-24-2009 12:02 PM
1968 Contest Sloop

This Dutch built sloop was a beauty. Fiberglass hull like nothing made today with wooden mast. Fast and lovely.
07-24-2009 01:00 PM
Maine Sail
If you must know

The most amazing boat I ever sailed on was a 51' Bud Mcintosh designed wooden schooner name Pisces. She was owned by the parents of one of my friends and we sailed her all over the North East in good and bad weather. It took the whole family to sail her, plus guests.

She sailed like you can only dream about and even did well in light air. She sailed the way only a woodie can. If you've never sailed a wooden boat then you can;t and will never understand... She had that musty but nautical cologne like smell that only a wood can develop and I can still smell it.

Pisces was lost on an uncharted reef down south. Word is she was recovered and restored but to this day we don't know what her new name is or where she is.

This is the closest sister ship to her though Pisces had even more pleasing lines and a little more beam sail plan and deck layout were virtually identical though (Photo courtesy Panbo):

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07-24-2009 08:27 AM
pics please....

Pics would be great of Lola and the Gallant Ketch.
07-24-2009 07:44 AM
Sweetest Boat

My vote for the sweetest boat I've ever sailed on is a 1968 53 foot Gallant ketch, designed by Van de Stadt and constructed by Southern Shipyards, "Alaunt", chartered for a day-sail out of Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI. This boat originally belonged to the Royal Governor of Bermuda and was used by him in trans-oceanic races. We sailed to St. John with one reef in a fresh breeze and the boat cut through the waves like a hot knife through butter - "sea kindly" doesn't begin to describe how it shouldered its way through a considerable chop. The fit and finish both above deck and below were impeccable.
But for the Chesapeake, where I sail, I'll take my own boat with a 5ft. draft, as "Alaunt", and her 52 sisters, have a draft of 7ft which would limit access in skinny water.
07-23-2009 09:33 PM
Originally Posted by Warren M. View Post
Sweetest, best behaved boat I ever sailed on was a Hinckley Bermuda 40. Wish I could own one of these beauties.
Warren, I could not agree more!!! Throughout my teen years and off and on thereafter I sailed with my parents on Lola, their black-hulled Hinckley B40. We sailed her everywhere - I sailed with my dad and his sailing buddies on three Marion to Hamilton races, and when my dad retired and it came time to ship or sail her down to the Alabama coast, we sailed her - offshore almost all the way, only put into port once down in the Keys - one of the most enjoyable sails I've ever been on and the last time I sailed with my dad.
07-23-2009 09:10 PM
Originally Posted by mgmhead View Post
Best Boat? The one I own, or the one I'm on. As long as I'm sailing it's a great boat.
I'm with you, mgmhead!
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