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Some Spirit 23 History Anybody??

The North American 23 foot sloop was manufactured under that name from 1976 into 1978, and then became the Spirit 23 from 1978 through 1981.
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There are a few different Spirit 23' models listed at this website: SPIRIT 23 sailboat on sailboatdata.com
There seems to be a center board version, a fixed keel version and a tall rig (even deeper keel) version. This is similar to what Catalina started doing with their 27' and 30' sailboats, offering different keel and rig models in the same size boat at about the same time.
I don't know much beyond that except that you are not the only Spirit 23' owner out there.

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There are a few different Spirit 23' models listed at this website: SPIRIT 23 sailboat on sailboatdata.com
There seems to be a center board version, a fixed keel version and a tall rig (even deeper keel) version. This is similar to what Catalina started doing with their 27' and 30' sailboats, offering different keel and rig models in the same size boat at about the same time.
I don't know much beyond that except that you are not the only Spirit 23' owner out there.
From my understanding the fixed keel version is the Spirit 23K The swing keel is the Spirit 23. (the taller rig being the fixed keel 23K the boat ramp launch-able being the 23).
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good to be here.Will all previous posts remain accessible, hope so, useful stuff there.

Anyone care to enlighten me on their launch/retreval and mast raising/lowering methods. Not ready yet but getting there.

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good to be here.Will all previous posts remain accessible, hope so, useful stuff there.

Anyone care to enlighten me on their launch/retreval and mast raising/lowering methods. Not ready yet but getting there.

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This thread was created to find out more history of these boats, could you create a new post for your question? Cause I have some good answers for you.
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Spirit 23
MANUFACTURER: Glastron
Designer: Robert Finch
The "North American Yacht" name was dropped around 1977 by the threat of a law suit by the owners/builders of the North American 40 - not the new North American Yachts owned by Glastron Yachts, and the new "Spirit Yachts" production moved from Hendersonville Tennessee to Austin Texas.

My 1978 sported the new interior which was open opposing setees and table that can be used in the cabin or cockpit, and a slide out galley. The pop top option is QUITE heavy - and there was a camping enclosure that was sold w/ the boat I have - which was loaded with every most of the options offered by the factory.

Overall the boat is a moderately heavily built swing centerboard/shoal keel version coming in at 2800 lbs dry - which is heavy for 22 footer.( 22.2 LOD boat.). A Catalina 22 of the same year was 500 lighter. Swing centerboard is Fiberglass - not metal, as is beaching rudder.

The Unusual front hatch shape and weak build is the only problem w/ these boats.
New Hatches have been re-manufactured by James Alspaugh
of Sailors Valet in Oklahoma City, OK.

All the original sales printed material and drawings of the boat are online at: North American/Spirit 23' Sloop (sailboat) resource page

Pics of my boat and some others: MobileMe Gallery

1977 North American Spirit 23
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Swing centerboard is Fiberglass - not metal, as is beaching rudder.

The Unusual front hatch shape and weak build is the only problem w/ these boats.
My swing (beaching) rudder is solid wood, was that changed in 79?

Actually I think the other design flaw was the angle the swing keel cable comes out of the hull and attaches to the keel. If your interested the mod for this is pictured under the modification thread.

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Spirit 23 ...A Winner!

I spoke to a Spirit 23 builder last month (Nov 2011) & he said that these boats won all kinds of races at the time. I guess Robert Finch knew what he was doing!
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Anyone own a Spirit 21? Looks like a tidy little cruiser as well...

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also refered to as the Spirit 6.5.

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