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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    I was looking for a boat that had many of the attributes that the OP requires, trail-ability, shallow ramp launching capability (no fixed fin keel), reasonable cabin accommodations and sailing performance. Having been on a S2 7.9 in the past it was close to being my benchmark boat with the exception of the price range was more than I had to spend. Over a year or so of casual looking I found several old MORC boats that, although a bit small, had the characteristics that I was looking for. Almost all were in Florida so that wouldn't help the OP. I happened to find a boat on CL that worked out perfectly for me at a very cheap price. I had never heard of it but it basically the same concept as the 7.9 in a 24' package. It is a Bruce Farr designed Farr 740 Sport built in NZ. The cabin is smaller but still comfortable enough and the cockpit is very large. It just goes to show that there are alternatives to the more popular mainstream boats hiding in the weeds, just have to keep your eyes open. https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/farr-740-sport My boat find is chronicled in Dinghy Anarchy, Craigslist Finds, near the bottom of page 17
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    Craigslist Finds

    Glad to hear that you have a Bucc (s). I know what you mean about the chainplates, mine were fastened with some dinky machine screws. I re-fastened mine with larger bolts and big washers. I found that my shroud adjusters had been drilled out to accommodate a bigger pin, a disaster in the making.
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    Craigslist Finds

    I was already at the top of the hill, thank you very much. About 3 months before finding the Farr I picked up a Buccaneer 18 off CL for $350. The PO (a sail maker) had bought the boat in reasonably good condition to race himself but disassembled the CB trunk to do some common Bucc upgrade mods then lost interest (or time). I finished the job and cleaned it up. I had a friend with a Bucc back in the 1970's and really liked his boat. They are often underrated and can be found for very reasonable prices although it is best to find a later one with the molded in storage compartments rather than hatch covers. Early boats have the same swamping problem that the J24 has. After sailing scows for 40 years, when I first launched it I made the mistake of stepping aboard like I would on a scow and nearly rolled it over right at the dock. It has little initial stability but she settles in nicely at about 20*. She rides through the chop like a Greyhound bus compared to a scow. Adding more Farr brochure pages.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Sometimes these CL finds can turn out to be a gem. Going through this thread from the beginning I ran across a post (p.9 #882) about a boat that I bought last year. The lake that I sail on has only one launch ramp area and it is very shallow, I measured it at only 42" deep at the end of the dock/pier which reaches 30' out from the waters edge. No problem for the boats that I have owned over the years (Y-flyer, Buccaneer, MC scow, E scow) but I had been casually looking for a cabin boat (read very stable) suitable for introducing my young great grand kids to sailing. I just couldn't bring myself to go with the usual swing keel Cat22 or Macgregor type boat and suffer from their low performance levels. I happen to see the CL ad which piqued my interest with the claim of performance and a very shallow draft of 11" for trailering/launching and a cheap $1500 asking price for the boat, galvanized factory trailer and 6hp OB. A search reveled a top notch design pedigree (Bruce Farr) and proven performance in the world down under but little info stateside. After a month the ad was still up so I contacted the owner to look at the boat. Long story short he just wanted for it to be gone, most likely influenced by an upcoming expensive winter storage contract. He said that his GF didn't like it and wanted a larger cruising boat, the 5 gal. plastic pail he had been using for a head probably had something to do with that. PO's can be interesting people, he had thrown money at the boat buying top tier equipment but installation was often poorly done. He was the kind of guy that had little patience for doing the job right. When I got to the yacht club where he stored the boat he had a pile of equipment on the ground next to the boat ready to go into the nearby dumpster. All the cushions (original and by their condition spent most of their life in POs houses), about 5 sails, Schaeffer roller furling gear, extra (original) boom and many other pieces of gear. He was surprised that I insisted in taking it all with me. When I got home I unloaded 11 sails from the cabin 2 of which were only a season old and in the paperwork I found the $3600 receipt for them. I spent the winter sealing leaks (everything he bolted on had no sealant), fixing the high $ wire spliced with wire nuts, replacing HD/Lowes steel fasteners and fixing all the misaligned standing rigging. By spring I was replacing 1/2" line running through blocks with a 3/8" max line cheek spacing. Some of them were so tight that I barely got them out. I made up a gin pole and temporary side stays to made raising the 31' mast a one person job even for this old man. It was all worth it as the boat did not disappoint. She is very fast (PHRF in the 160's), lite on the tiller and well balanced. Over the summer I have worked out most of the PO's "improvements" and despite having more strings to pull than a gaff rigged schooner I can singlehand her fairly well. She is cosmetically challenged, I still have yet to address a lot of gel coat crazing, oxidation and other minor damage from years of hard racing and his anti fouling paint job peeled off the bottom when I pressure washed the boat during the fall pull out. Most people take the time to sand a little before applying new paint. Interestingly enough I found a PDF of the original sales brochure online and there was my boat in several of the photos. A NZ magazine review stated that 2 of the first 10 boats built went to the US, my boat is #008. I have only heard of one other Farr 740 in the states and it was listed for sale in the Latitude 38 classifieds over the summer, located in the SF bay area. The photo showed her bearing #8374 on the sails, 2 of my 11 sails bear the same # so I assume that one of my POs bought them used from that boat at some point. https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/farr-740-sport http://www.farrdesign.com/101.html
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    yellow coating on gelcoat - how to clean?

    I have had good luck with CLR, especially on white gel coat. I keep it wet for about 10 minutes then wipe off followed with an all purpose cleaner like 409 to remove any CLR residue. It also works well removing rust stains if kept wet ( I use paper towel like shop rags soaked with CLR over the stain) for as long as necessary, sometimes overnight. CLR worked into non skid areas with a medium stiff brush really cleans them up.