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post #3 of Old 07-05-2002
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Shearwater 39

We got a topsides look at one Shearwater 39 while in the Bay Is. (ITHAKA) and the things that caught my eye included:
1. LOTS of wood, weight and maintenance
2. Design features that seemed to favor tradition for its own sake vs. function
3. Probably very strong, probably a good motion at sea, probably not particularly fast in less than stronger trades, and probably a lot of boat to keep anchored in one place; in fact, I found their comments about troublesome anchoring in Belize to suggest too much weight & windage despite a big Bruce and lots of 3/8" BBB chain.

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