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If we get enough action here we may get our own Thread, but these beautiful boats are few & far between.!!
 

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I have a 79 pop top version with a swing keel I'm restoring here in Surrey BC. Lets hear from other owners.
 

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Post some pictures, windy! 2 more posts and you'll be allowed.
 

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Post some pictures, windy! 2 more posts and you'll be allowed.
All pictures I have are on the hard, as I've yet to set her afloat. The bottom looks like it has the pox right now & it's too cold to fill with epoxy, so the hull is basically waiting & drying out a just little more (it's been out of the water for a few years) Pressure wash this weekend I hope.
 

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Post some pictures, windy! 2 more posts and you'll be allowed.
Here's a few, the Keel LE is a solid stainless rod & plate I attached to the damaged keel bottom end. The hull pictures are current hull state waiting for warmer weather to epoxy.
 

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I had one 15 years ago in Ft. Myers, Fl. Loved it, 5 sails with spinniker. Pop top, step mast by my self. Built custom trailer for it. I missed her untill I get my Offshore 33 sloop.
 

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Great I bought my 79 Spirit last summer and have spent most of the winter doing a little restoration. If I can I will post some pictures. I found some bad core around the deck but a little west systems fixed it right up SLOW FLIGHT
 

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Hey I just got one of these; for the life of me I can't figure out how to hook up the mainsheet. It looks like there is a spot for it to attach about 1/2 way down the boom, but I don't see any coresponding point on the boat to attach to. there are two eyes on the transom one on each side of the tiller inbetween where the backstays attach. Of the few pictures I can find on the Internet some are at the back of the boom, but I can't get a good look. Some attach mid boom and have some kind of track in the middle of the cockpit (no evidence anything like this was ever installed on my boat.) and most seem to be at anchor with the main sheet removed entirely. Would one of you please be so kind as to educate me on this.
 

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How about that. There are actually some Spirits still floating.
I had one for 10 years and sailed it primarily on Lake Lanier, GA but took it to the Abacos, Bahamas on several occasions. Sailed out of West Palm. I made extensive mods for ocean sailing. Changed out the flimsy 3" mast with a 5" off a Catalina 25, added extra rudder gudgeons that I custom built from SS plate because the original broke away on the 1st crossing and I had to use the dining table as a rudder, moved the mainsheet to mid-boom with a traveller mounted just aft of the companionway.
It was a great little boat and served me well. Saved my life when I got into that nasty storm in late October '81 that killed 5 people on the 40' Trashman and 54' Vera. 40 foot seas and 50K winds but she never faltered and pushed on for 16hrs. Sustained no damage at all, thanks to the mods I had made. Otherwise, I'm sure I would have also joined the ranks of stupid sailors who tried to make crossings in late October in the face of a Nor'easter and ended up as dinner for sharks. In spite of all the havoc, I managed to keep my log updated every 2 hours. It is a very interesting read.
I have hundreds of pics put I'll have to find them and scan them in.
 

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WOW!! That is awesome lionshooter. It gives me more faith in my boat for sure! I'm just going thru sea trials right now & have only launched her twice. Hopefully all issues are corrected & will be able to enjoy her more fully. That swing keel needed some more thought for sure. I ended up mounting a pulley in the keel pocket for the cable to work correctly.
 

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That seemed a little pointless.. but anyways.

Just picked up this little boat on the MS Coast for 500$ w/ trailer. had to patch 2 little holes, but she's about ready to be back in the water. Sails, All Rigging in good shape, Interior is there, but it's 30 years old, so thats the next step.

Need a front hatch and don't want to pay some guy 300$ for it, since that's almost as much as I have in it. Anybody got one laying around? Or a rudder template?

Here's a link to some pics I have right now. Some of it on the coast and after we fixed the trailer and dragged it back home.

Paul Sims's Photos - Work in Progress.. | Facebook
 
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