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Re: Am I Crazy for Considering a Hinckley Pilot Sloop two?
Tripp, Stephens, Alden, Nielsen; the pantheon of great yacht designers producing the finest vessels of their time which you now call, "Not even particularly advanced wooden boats." That is an opinion not supported by the evidence. The fiberglass boats were modeled on their wooden predecessors because their exclusive clientele demanded vessels that were of the highest quality that performed well, which they are to this day. The Pilot 35's speed is comparable to today's lighter 30 foot production boats. Your description of anchored characteristics is not borne out by my hundreds of nights aboard where the narrow beam and extra weight produce a cutting of waves that are normally coming down the bow. Very comfortable and quiet nights. But I agree it is dreadful having a boat that is rock-solid after 50 years, no blistering, no balsa coring to fail, and attractive. Just dreadful.
Production boats offer a list of advantages, racers a different set, and classics yet another set. I'm sure everyone appreciates informed contributions whether they be positive or critical.
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1968 Hinckley Pilot 35, Audra.
(c) Joe McCary.