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Re: Examples of cca era sailboats
You know, I think the IOR gets a lot of undeserved criticism. The rule went through a lot of evolution over the course of some 20 years, and it's hard to characterize every IOR boat as dangerous or unseaworthy. I like my IOR boat (First 375) just fine, and I bet Swan 38 owners like theirs, too. The Fastnet disaster was as much about a bunch of weekend warriors taking off on a 600 mile ocean race, at a time when weather prediction, offshore communication, and offshore race equipment requirements weren't what they are now, as it was about boat design. There absolutely were some design freaks, and some lightly built race boats that probably didn't belong offshore, but I don't think that is solely restricted to the IOR. I believe the rule eventually died out because owners were getting tired of the new-boat-every-year arms race in a struggling economy, not because of the sailing characteristics of the boats. IOR revival regattas are starting to become pretty popular, although I have to admit that boat design has advanced quite a bit in the ensuing years, and current boats will generally sail circles around similarly sized IOR boats.
All that being said, one of the boats I have always admired, at least for looks, is the Morgan 34.