The crude modifications look like someone tried to turn a race boat into a cruiser. Wouldn’t be the first for sure. Don’t think I’d want coffee grinders on my cruising boat. Lol.
Always dislike seeing odd ball or older designs like this wasting away in back lots of boat yards. I’m methodically going through the S&S design book looking for a match. She’s got pretty lines, home built dogbox and solar mounts notwithstanding.
Two quick observations:
1) Coffee Grinders:
There seems to be a trend towards bigger and bigger cruising boats. When I was a kid, a family of 4 might do a circumnavigation in a 35 to 38 footer. In the 1980's it seemed like 42 feet was a sweet spot. These days it seems like there are new production 45 to 60 foot production cruising boats hitting the market on a regular basis. Boats that size have huge sail plans that require handling a lot of heavily loaded line. The knee jerk design approach seems to be electrical or hydraulic driven winches, furlers, ground tackle and the like. I sort of get that in terms of ease and speed making adjustments. But to me, a large part of sailing is the physicality of it all, using your mind and your muscles to grapple with nature and the physics of it all. In that regard, I really like the idea of having a coffee grinder to be able to manage the sail plan using my own muscles as the power source. In my mind, more of these larger cruisers should have them rather than less.
2) It is very sad to see a boat with this pedigree stashed away in a junkyard jungle, surrounded with those ignominious vessels in the picture. Tenacious and her sisterships were the pinnacle of yacht design for that era. These were big powerful boats that could withstand tremendously abusive conditions. And while we now know that compared to the better designs that followed, these were pretty mediocre designs in terms of ease of handling, seakindliness, and performance, they were none the less the best of their generation. I saw Tenacious at Bunky Helfrich's boat yard on Hilton Head in South Carolina where she was sent to be rebuilt and sold after the 1979 Fastnet. She was anything but unscathed. But sailed by a skilled and capable crew, she was none the less raced all the way around the course, returning with the crew she left with. While it is often argued that Tenacious never saw the worst of the storm, she none the less saw enough of the foul weather that bringing the crew home safe, is still a great feat performed by Tenacious, her skipper, and her crew.
By the way, where was that picture taken?