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10-21-2013 10:17 PM
Re: Info on Trump 25 (Margaret D)?

I believe that Mr. Smith did not finish the race was that he became seriously ill during the race
10-21-2013 10:14 PM
Re: Info on Trump 25 (Margaret D)?

I bought one of the first Margaret D Ketch when I was 21 years old, They were being built by Aborne Smith at that time, I think it was in 1976 that the design was bought by New England Boat Builders, I remember that because I took out the owners of New England Boat Builders out for a test sail on my boat as it was moored right in Mattoposett near their yard. I guess they were impressed by the sailing qualities because they bought the design. It was a great boat, I did a lot of solo sailing and having the four sails gave me so many possibilities, The last year I had the boat my inboard was not running, on returning to the harbor with all four sails up I would run around on deck dropping sails and the boat held it course beautifully with nobody at the helm. I never sailed in anything the boat could not handle and I went out in any weather. Like I said it was a great boat and I have many great memories of sailing her.
08-18-2013 10:23 PM
Re: Info on Trump 25 (Margaret D)?

I considered buying a Margaret D bare hull way back in the late 70s. Aborne Smith actually entered his Margaret D in the First Bermuda 1-2 solo race in 1977. The only details I have is he did not finish but instead turned back. Classy pleasing little boat but I agree the ketch rig is a bit much for a 25 footer.
08-18-2013 07:24 PM
Re: Info on Trump 25 (Margaret D)?

The Trump 25 (Margaret D) was designed and built by Aborne Smith is Stonington, CT in the 1970s. Hull Number 1 went to his banker and Hull Number 2 was purchased by my father Captain Leon Pothier as a ketch. My father was very conservative with his resources so you can image the surprise when he baught her based on the plans! We had between 4-6 people ever weekend and sailed her to Block Island RI from Mystic, CT quite often. She tracked beautifully could handle seas and a blow. In the right conditions she will out pase a J-24.

My father hurt his back and was forced to sell her. She was last known to me to be in New London rigged as a schooner. I have lost rack of the boat, however she was well build and has weather the years with grace.

Smith's son (I think) built cutter rigged versions in the 80's.

I would buy one today without worry provid it had not been abused.

Good Luck in your search.
07-22-2011 02:00 AM
mitiempo It probably is an ok sailer but there are sure a lot of strings to pull for a boat that size. Except for nostalgia ketches have been rare for quite a while even for 40' boats.
How much are they asking?
07-22-2011 01:01 AM
CirclethatA Yea, sea trials I guess. Just thought I'd give the ol' net a cast. Maybe I'll write something afterwords, there really seems to be nothing written about these boats.
07-22-2011 12:23 AM
mitiempo Maybe a mis-spelling of Brydon.

Or a composting head?

Probably not many who have sailed this design - they aren't that common.

Ask to sail the one you are looking at.
07-21-2011 05:26 PM
hybrid head?

I've never sailed one, or seen one, but that other listing said she had a "hybrid head." Do you have any idea what this is and whether it will suit your needs?
Google didn't have any information that I found.
07-21-2011 05:12 PM
CirclethatA Different boat. Even today, some things aren't on the internet. But yea, that's the model. Anyways, I'd like to make the thread more of a review of the boat than an analysis of a deal. Has anyone sailed these boats?
07-21-2011 03:57 PM
junkrig Ad here: Trump 25', 1974, Lake Pueblo, Colorado sailboat for sale says she sold last month. Maybe you know otherwise, though.
Oops, pardon me, that says she sold last year. Maybe she's back on the market?
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