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Re: Can this boat be saved
To answer the question " Can boat be saved?" with more questions:
1) Why bother? These were pretty crummy boats in their day and they have not gotten any better. You can buy a decent condition Electra or the bigger Commander for roughly $3-4000 and while it won't be as pristine as this boat, there also won't be as much junk to remove.
2) What would I want to see removed to make this a boat worth owning?
A. MarineDeck Synthetic Cork Decking
B. Square Top Main - Evolution Sails
C One of the two Optima 12 V AGM Deep Cycle Batteries
D Hoyt Boom
E New Beta Marine 2 Cyl. 14 Hp Engine, Model B-14 and its Racor Fuel Filter, easy access Water Strainer, and 6 Gallon Aluminum Tank
F 3 Blade Feathering VariProp
G All of the extra and clunky detailed wood trim and hatches
H The new stern rail and lifelines and maybe the bow rail.
I Most of the crap in the lazzarette
J the aperature for the prop
K The entire price tag (the boat is worth nothing as it sits since it will take more to put it back into shape than it will ever be worth.
3) What would I want to see added to make this a boat worth owning?
A. A new 150% genoa
B. A new 105% working jib
C. A new mainsail w/o a square top
D. A 4 hp four stroke outboard
F. A decent set of two speed, self tailing primary winches and a halyard winch with stoppers
G. A port-a-potti
H. a one gallon water cube
I. A straighter tiller with a tiller extension
J Low stretch halyards and jib sheets.
K, and maybe a hull and rig that sailed better than an Electra.
Frankly, the Ensign makes a decent day sailor if you are into the whole "come with me now to yesteryear" experience. They are actually fun to race in that there its all about tactics and boat handling with raw speed and athleticism being much less of a factor. But that hull was never meant to be a micro cruiser. It was one of those odd moments when manufacturers took decent daysailor-racers and tried to make micro cruisers out of them. (Anyone remember the O'day Mariner, Rainbow Weekender, or the Kenner Kittiwake?) Whatever virtues that made these daysailor-racers a nice boat to own was lost by piling on a bunch of weight in trying to make them into something the hulls were never meant to be. Generally these boats picked up quite a bit of weight and that resulted in a bigger sail plan, and that often meant more ballast which meant more weight, and pretty quick you had a boat that lacked the stability to stand up to enough sail area to properly propel its hull through the water in any kind of wind.
And if Pearson did not screw up this boat enough by adding weight to the Ensign, this person was hell bent on making the problem a whole lot worse. What this Person did not seem to understand is that boats act as a system. No matter how much square topped mainsail sail area you add, if you don't have the stability to carry that much sail area that high in the air, and that far aft of the CLR, it won't do you a lick of good. And adding drag only makes it worse.
For the record: I should note that Pearson did offer an optional inboard engine. I think it was either a Palmer PW-27 (8 Hp gas) or a Gray Marine (Sea Pup I think? 6 hp gas)
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