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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-23-2012 08:44 PM
Southron Spirit
Re: Calling All North American Spirit 23 Owners

dont forget spirit owners we have our own forum here listed as north american
04-19-2012 05:09 PM
peacebart
Re: Calling All North American Spirit 23 Owners

Have a 78. Love it. Adding remote control and new outboard this weekend.
02-13-2012 11:16 AM
rkane
Mouser370 it's a Helms 25

Just snooping for Spirit 23 info for potential next boat;

From your hull # using uscgboating.org (under Recalls & Defects select Manufacturers Identification) it's made by Jack Helms. 24footer looks different, but has the same trim piece below the hull/deck seam, seems like a signature. Helms 25 looks like the pics you posted 7/11.
Helms 25 sailboat for sale

Rick
Ensenada20
01-01-2012 11:18 PM
Southron Spirit gob.
any chance of getting some pic's of what you have mounted on the top of your mast and the plate you have it mounted on , i want to put a vhf antenna and a tri-color led light on mine .
tia
ss
12-16-2011 06:20 PM
GoodOldBoater Yes the MAXI-Trailer part of the S23 makes it a beast to tow without 5000lbs tow rated vehicle.
12-15-2011 09:21 PM
blobaugh Thanks for the clarification.

I do have to say that I am planning on moving some lines around to make life a bit easier. I picked up a couple flush mount pulleys that I will eventually put on the deck. When I replace the halyards they will run back to the cockpit via the pulleys. I am also going to install a lazyjack, because, well, I'm lazy . Then eventually a furler. Cheap stuff first though
12-15-2011 09:14 PM
PaulSims I learned on this one too, it's a very forgiving boat. This one was my first one too. None of the lines on mine ran to the cockpit, so it could get a little hairy jumping up to the mast to get a sail down or to reef in some heavy wind, without and extra hand.

Mostly,I just needed something smaller for the moment, or at least until i can get a slip. My little 4runner doesn't respond well to 4000lbs of fiber glass and trailer behind it either. But like i said, the NA23 is hands down a better build boat. Catalinas were built quickly and cheaply, and you can definitely tell a difference once you start getting inside of one.
12-15-2011 09:09 PM
windyway
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Just curious why you felt the Spirit was not good for single hand? I mostly single hand mine, though my cousin comes whenever she can. Although I would like a furler to make it a bit easier I have not had any issues with my boat single handing and this is my first boat. In fact I figured out how to sail by trial and error on her.

I have been on other boats that were "set up" for single handing and still have really liked the Spirit better
+1 exactly the same for me
12-15-2011 08:52 PM
blobaugh
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I single handed mine alot and the bottom line is that I ran across this little Catalina with everything set up to single hand (lines all ran aft). And had to jump on it.

Paul
Just curious why you felt the Spirit was not good for single hand? I mostly single hand mine, though my cousin comes whenever she can. Although I would like a furler to make it a bit easier I have not had any issues with my boat single handing and this is my first boat. In fact I figured out how to sail by trial and error on her.

I have been on other boats that were "set up" for single handing and still have really liked the Spirit better
12-14-2011 10:40 PM
GoodOldBoater >>>>
Well guys, I have to jump ship. I sold my old Spirit and bought a little Catalina 22 project. On to the next one I guess. Will miss this one though. I'll be posting pics of the progress on the other message board... but here are some pics.
>>>>

Good luck w/ the Catalina 22 - I've sailed on them a few times - Catalina makes a very nice trailerable cruising sailboat. The four things I really like about the Cat22 are:
WEIGHT: 500lbs less weight than a Spirit 23 makes trailering easier
INTERIOR: Most come with a Dinette Layout which I like
FACTORY PARTS: Easy to get anything you might need from Catalina.
POPULAR: Lots of opportunity to meet new sailors and race

But the things I do prefer about the Spirit 23 - bit more room, added weight for stability, and the shoal Keel w/ fiberglass centerboard.

I have my original standing rigging from my Spirit 23 if it is any use for your project - please let us know how the project is going!!

Dave
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