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Greetings! I'm a long-time sailor, but new to SailNet. My friend and I rescued this boat from the dump/free-cycle area 13 years ago with the intention of fixing it up. It has two holes in the bottom that need to be patched, but otherwise is sound. Life, relationships, kids, etc. got in the way, but we're back on track and trying to get it in the water this summer.

I've done as much research as I can, and as far as I can tell, this seems to be some sort of Franken-boat. The HIN is PMD089M75A. The Coast Guard database says the builder was Prime Marine Development, but the database also says that company didn't build sailboats. Since the HIN seems to be hand carved in the fiberglass, I'm guessing someone replaced the tag after it fell off or something and maybe they didn't remember the details correctly.

The Mainsail insignia seems well designed and not a one-off. However, I've researched Mainsail Insignia guide from Good Old Boat, and I don't see a match.

The specs: LOA - 15'; beam - 5' 6"; swing keel; sloop rig.

I'm not sure this matters, but the boat was found in Rangeley Maine, so maybe the region could be a clue as well. I'd appreciate any input so we can hopefully locate some comparable parts. Thanks!

The forum won't me post links yet, but there is a page with images here: boat.ovationcomm.com.

http://boat.ovationcomm.com./
 

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Pulsar used to use a similar logo - star part....Petrel used just the P

Not sure about the two together. Looks to be a decent start on some fun.

Best of luck getting her in the water. Some of the most sailing fun I have ever had was on hobie cats and boats similar to yours.
 

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More compass rose than 'star'... don't recognize the boat though...
 

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Right, I noted that in my original post. However, the database says they only built "Outboards, Open Motorboats, Jon Boats, Inboards, Cabin Cruisers". It also says they went into business in 1988, but the HIN on the boat is 1975.
 

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HINs do get recycled when builders go out of business.. may be difficult to dig up the original assignment...
 

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That is one funky shade of green! I like it though, keep the vintage theme and go out in a leisure suit with a big fro!
 

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I think the mystery is (somewhat) solved! The HIN code on the back was the clue after all. One of the previous manufactures names was Pier 2 Marine Products. Searching on that exact string matched one classified ad from Motor Boat & Sailing magazine from July 1977:

"MOLDS FOR PRODUCTION of proven 15’ fiberglass daysailer; some parts inventory, i.e., sales, deck hardware, rudders, etc.. excellent condition, at cost. Pier 2 Marine Products, Rt. 1, Box 582, Accokeek, Md., 20607."

Considering the ad says they sold them "at cost", it's no wonder they went out of business in June 1978. The "some parts" inventory also explains why the swing keel is cut from a 1/4 inch piece of steel.

Any one ever heard of one of these boats? I'm looking for some thing close to source parts from, but so far nothing.

And yes, it is a funky shade of green. It's staying for this season since our attention will be focused on the bottom for now.
 
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