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Any Starwind owners interested in exchanging info/specs? New owner ''85 Starwind 223. Have some review type literature, looking for more techs.
 

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I recently purchased a Starwind 19" in really bad condition. It floats--thats about all I can say. I don"t have much info--no manual or specs, etc. but would be happy to pass on whatever help I can.
Anchors aweigh and all that jazz, Bob
 

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Me again:
Maybe you can help me. Does your Starwind have a combonation keel/centerboard? If so, do you know how to change the line on the centerboard up-haul from INSIDE the boat? Or do you have to do it from outside? Also, my backstay is "sloppy " loose and the turnbuckle is turned all the way tight. What good does the backstay do, or am I using it wrong? Thanks, Bob
 

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I had a Starwind 19 , sweet little boat , Any info avalable might be had from Wellcraft Marine if they have any left in there arcives .
Answers ; center board line must be changed from outside the boat , don your diving gear or on the lift .
aft guy loose ? Mast is swept back too far , you need to loosen side stays and tighten with fore stay , this should help
 

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I had the boat lifted up and we could see most of the area the center board retracts into . I understand the best way to change the center board line is to anchor in 3 feet water and and the board will drop down enough, tie the new line tothe old line.
, go underthe boat and feel for the old line ,it goes thru a hole in the center board, pull your new line thru and tie a knot in the end, and pull the center board up, the hole is at the top and at the rear all that holds it is a knotin the line . my board is solid fiberglass weighs adout 40 lbs and being all fiberglass should never give any problem
 

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Hello! I''m glad I found this message board. I have a Starwind 223 and someone was kind enough to copy an old owner''s manual for me. I''ll be happy to make you a copy for the cost of postage. It''s not in the best of shape, having been copied from other copies, but it''s very informative. Where do you sail?

Alyse
 

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Hi Alyse,
Yes, I would very much appreciate a copy of your Starwind manual. How can I contact you re: postage expense, etc? My boat was in terrible condition but it is coming along nicely and I''ve sailed it in Lake LBJ in Cental Texas Hill Country. Where do you sail? Thanks again, Bob
 

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Hi Bob,

I found a site that''s devoted to Starwind/Chrysler boats. I learned from someone on the sailnet.com message board that Chrysler owned the designs and bought them back from Wellcraft. Anyway, here is the site - http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Cabana/3135/

You can download the PDFs he has online, listed under the Chrysler name. They are the same specs that I have, but will be in better shape since my copy has been copied a zillion times.

I sail in Barnegat Bay, NJ. My boat was in bad shape too when I bought it, but it cleaned up beautifullly and seemed to withstand quite a bit of abuse (from the former owners).

Alyse
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Hi Alyse, Is your boat actually a Starwind 223, or just a Starwind 22. From my understanding they are different boats, and the Boat that Wellcraft bought from Chrysler was a Starwind 22, and the Starwind 223 was created later by Starwind. I have a Starwindd 223, which has a wider beam, 8''6", and a loger LOA 22''3" as apposed to the 22''s 7''9" beam and 22''0" LOA. The 22 also has a swing keel, as apposed to the 223''s shoal keel with centerboard. If I am wrong please correct me.
 

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Hi piep,

I''ll have to check the beam and LOA measurements again. If the shoal keel with centerboard is the deciding factor, then my boat sounds like the Starwind 223. The specs that I have didn''t come with the boat (it''s an ''86). The keel is 1''11", with the centerboard swinging up and down on a line through the cockpit - I forget the proper term ;) With the board down, she draws about 6''.

Do you mean that the Starwind 223 was created later by Wellcraft?
Alyse
 

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Yes, from my understaing, the Starwindd 223 was created by Wellcraft after they bought the Starwind 22 from Chrysler. Mine is a 1985 Starwind 223 (I think this was the first year they made the 223)
 

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Cool, we have basically the same boat! Does your''s have the popup cabin top? How do you secure it? There seems to be a fitting of some sort on the underside the cabin top, but we can''t find (or don''t have) the proper gizmo to keep up the top. We improvise and use a bungee cord with a hook at the end to wrap the cord around the boom when anchored to keep the top up.

Alyse
 

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Yes, Our boat has a swing open poptop that is hinged towards the front of the boat(Does this sound like your boat)You slide the cabin top back, and then the top hinges open. Ours has a cleat in the middle of the underside of the top, that we cleat a rope to , and then cleat the other end to a cleat on the mast. We have considered getting gas lifts to put on the sides to hold it up.
 

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Yes, that''s my boat for sure. Here''s another link for the Starwind 223.

http://www.geocities.com/starwind223_sailboat/Information.html

It''s not my boat, but I''ve got the same one, with basically the same color scheme.

More info on the 223:
http://www.mindspring.com/~councill/sbjournal/seatrials86/st2.html
 

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For the few Starwind 19 owners (I have an ''85) I was wondering if anyone had any pictures/specs, etc. on their trailers. I''ve had a hard time purchasing a trailer for my slip-bound boat and I''m commisioning someone to build one. Also, I seem to have water run off the deck "into" the rub rail and some leaks inside. Do I need to totally remove and caulk? Should water be going under/into the rub rail at all? Thanks for any info!
 

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I have a Spindrift 19. I think the mold for the Starwind became the Spindrift before becoming the Precision 18.

Anyway, I have the same water concern that you do.

Precision may be a trailer possibility for you.

Regards, Phil
 

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HELP!
Im thinking of buying an 86'' Starwind it apears to be in good condition. Does anyone have any advise. Is this a well made boat? What price range should it be in. Its not in the NADA book. Any info would be apprieciated.
 

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The ones I have seen up close here in the mid-west, and on-line in other areas seem to be going for $5000 to $6500 depending on shape and equipment.

I have a Spindrift 24. Nobody seems to know much about them, and I haven''t run across any others. The one site I found didn''t have much info. Anybody out there know any of their history, other owners, etc?
 

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The Starwind is an excellent boat. I have a 22'' 1985, and it had been pretty neglected when I bought. However, it cleaned up beautifully and is a very forgiving boat for a novice sailor. She turns on a dime and is very roomy. The cockpit seems more spacious than on comparably sized boats and the boom is higher, so no need to worry about getting hit if you''re sitting down. Mine was $2250, which included the original outboard and sails, which were all in good condition. An extra bonus was a brand new spinnaker. You''ll be very happy with this boat. Feel free to email me with any questions. Good luck!
Alyse
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STARWIND 223
I''m looking for the distance between the bottom of the tiller and the boat. where the rudder line feeds through. I also need to know what type and size of line to use for the centerboard. Please help!!!
 
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