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Re: american fiberglass t42

I just got a T42. It has a round inspection port in the middle between 2 indented cavities (I'm not sure what those are for). When I opened it it was full of sand. Is that normal?
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Yes, the sand is ballast. I removed it (175lbs) and replaced it with 350 lbs of lead for Long Island Sound. I put a beam across the boat under the deck, under the mast and supported it on the ends with vertical wood struts. I filled all the storage and cavities with foam. Improved rigging, sails, installed large cockpit drains, etc.
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Yes, the sand is ballast. I removed it (175lbs) and replaced it with 350 lbs of lead for Long Island Sound. I put a beam across the boat under the deck, under the mast and supported it on the ends with vertical wood struts. I filled all the storage and cavities with foam. Improved rigging, sails, installed large cockpit drains, etc.
Thank you! I am so glad I found someone with this boat; apparently the manufacturer is out of business.
I was worried about the sand and thought it would maybe effect the buoyancy. I guess the air in the wall cavities are what does that?
It came with a camper top that is still in fairly good shape. It looks like it used to have poles or something to hold the fiberglass doors flaps up.
I do have some other questions I have if you have time and probably some I don't even know to ask.
Do you know anything about the camper system and if it had poles?
Have you ever tipped it and if so, does it right easily or is it a potential problem situation?
How many people have you sailed on it?
This has two metal dagger-like boards on each side and a rudder on the back, but it also has some sort of set up on the rear right for a different rudder type?
Any guidance is appreciated!
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Re: american fiberglass t42

There was a board that plugged into hinges at the front of the hatches to keep them open. The camper top just drapes over the top and snaps at the edges.

We have sailed it on its ear many times. If you are sailing in a small lake it should be fine, but I found it to be too tender for my liking, so replaced the sand with lead. We sail it in Long Island Sound. We have sailed it in small craft warnings many times, but it has been upgraded.

Three people is the most; one in the rear cockpit steering and two in the lower cockpit handling the jib.

There is a bracket on one side of the transom for an engine. I have a large electric trolling motor but have not installed it. We move it with two long canoe paddles.

If you Google T42, T for 2 and other variations, you will find others and at least one groujp.
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