Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Wichita Ks.
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I really appreciate your help. My hull number signifies mine is also a1977 model. I am currently undoing several years (approx. 25) of neglect. The trailer is solid, but needs a great deal of T.L.C. The hull is an unpleasant brown, but seems to be complete, servicable, and without major scratches, chips or cracks. The interior is gone. I have all the wood, and most of the fabric on the interior of the hull is still in place, but all cushions, curtains, tables, and accesories are a distant memory. Currently, I am completing a brakejob on the trailer. The snow and ice have hampered my progress, but I am still hoping to put it in the water in early May.
As I stated earlier, I have very little experience on monohulls, and even less on cruising monohulls. Although I have been racing catamarans since I was a boy, I now find a desire to have a safer, more stable sailing experience for my family. This boat seems to fit this desire like a glass slipper. Almost everything is there. So far, the only major items that I am missing is a tiller and the map table for the cabin. I haven't been able to find a layout for the interior of this boat, so I don't really know the dimensions of said table. I am assuming that it is utilized to make more sleeping berth avaliable. If this is untrue, would you please let me know?
I would also like to ask you about the performance of the boat. I would guess that this boat won't point near as high as a deep keel, but I don't really have any idea of how much difference the centerboard makes. I am also extremely curious of how it stacks up against other boats. My new racing arena is a relatively small Wednesday night yacht club handicapp fleet. This is largely comprised of Catalina 22's and San Juan 23's. There is also a f-27 tri, but I know how I will perform against him.
Once again I would like to say thanks for the information. This is my first attempt at restoring a boat. I have a great deal of hope and faith that it will all work out really well. I am reassured of this hope and faith by how everything has fallen into place up to this point. Hopefully soon I will have some pictures of "Barefoot Contessa" online and you will be able to see your newest cohort.
Have a great day,
Ninnescah Yacht Club