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    Cross-U.S. Boat Shipper Recommendation

    Is the trailer roadworthy? You could consider making the trip yourself. I recently bought a 24' 5500 lbs (total trailer weight) boat in NC and trucked it myself back to WI. I looked into shipping, but ultimately went with an Enterprise truck rental. They allow towing (and insure against towing-related damage) and rented me a Ram 3500, which was ridiculous overkill. I've never trailered anything more than a few miles and it was rock-solid all the way home. As always, it comes down to how much your time is worth.
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    CORA Flag

    Whose burgee is/was the one on the right? Spotted at RNZYS in 2009. (note year, may not be current)
  3. Yeah, this is a massive generalization, but new boats seem either designed to appeal to non-sailors as easy-to-operate floating RVs, or performance racers, in line with the OP's thesis. If I had the money, the only new boats that really appeal to me are the retro-styled Morrises - I need something for casual but competitive racing first, daysailing second, and cruising third and I want to look good doing it. But why buy that when you can get the genuine article (an early 60s Alberg or Shaw design) for something like 0.08% the price?
  4. I dunno, maybe I'm lucky but in my inland Wisconsin PHRF fleet we have a bunch of thirtysomethings with boats - a J/24, two Dolphin 24s (including mine), an S2 27, a Ranger 22, and a Hunter 25.5 all with younger owners and young crews (and all racing spinnaker). It's cheap to have a boat here, and affordability is right in our club's mission statement, so that helps. For the racer-cruisers that we sail in PHRF, there's a good reason why no new boats aren't being built - we don't need them! Older boats are often built more durably, and at least for my purposes they have better and higher-quality interior layouts. With basic repair skills, they're just about infinitely renewable and even with extensive professional restoration work you'll be hard-pressed to spend as much as buying a new boat. We seem to already have more boats than interested buyers, so why build new ones right now? I fly planes too (in a flying club, I don't own), and if you see a Cessna built in the 90s that's pretty "new." Aircraft aluminum holds up well, you can replace instruments, radios, and engines, and beyond that a small airplane is a simple machine. Plenty of people still fly planes built during the 1946 postwar boom that cost less than $20K on the used market.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    Thanks @guerdon! Due to a rainstorm yesterday and the resultant puddles on the interior, I have determined it's coming from the hull/deck joint. Fortunately the joint itself seems fine, but a previous owner replaced the toerail and appears to have inadequately sealed the bolts. Fun stuff!
  6. I'm 10 years out and have coached high school since then, so take my views for what they're worth. High school and college sailing still seem pretty healthy to me. Out here in the Midwest the high school game has been especially strong over the past decade in terms of participation. We gripe about the boats now and then, but I think we all recognize that the summer is for the high performance boats and massive regattas, and college sailing is for close racing, short courses, lots of starts, sweating inside drysuits, and the lasting friendships that come out of a shared experience like that. It's like frostbiting on steroids. Most elite American sailors also sail in college and have a blast doing it, but for the truly elite it's not the pinnacle moment of one's career. For the rest of us, we can brag about that one time we got the best of a future Olympian at the start in college. As I said in a prior comment, a few good sailors with the wrong body type are excluded, but by the same token I know a few sailors who got their start racing in high school and college and kept at it. That includes me - I wasn't really into racing until I joined my high school team. For the ones who don't continue, I don't know how much hand-wringing is worth it. Plenty of college students take up extracurriculars that dead-end at graduation. Let's make sure the opportunities are there, but we can't force the kids to do anything. As far as Stanford goes, setting aside their role in the admissions scandal, their problem was logistics. In the last 20 years, almost all of the elite college sailing has migrated to the East Coast. Whereas in prior years you had programs like USC, UCI, Stanford, and even Hawaii fielding nationally competitive teams, today it's really just Stanford. That means they need to fly east every time they want to compete in a top-level intersectional. Meanwhile there are half a dozen top-level teams in the Boston metro area alone. It's sad, but it's the end result of the consolidation of elite college sailing in the east. If top-ranked NEISA and MAISA teams start getting cut, that would be more surprising.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    All, Thanks everyone for your comments on this thread. Yankee Dolphin #186 is home in Wisconsin. I have a bottom job ahead of me and then I can enjoy what's left of this sailing season. The page for 186 is updated on the Dolphin website, and I'll be submitting updates there as I restore the boat over the next few years: I had seen the craigslist ad before it was posted here, but you guys caused me to get serious about it, buy it sight unseen, and concoct a cross-country roadtrip to go get it. The Dolphin is a special boat, and I was lucky to get it (someone offered the guy cash on the spot less than 24 hours after I put the deposit down). Tom
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    Leebow one last time?

    This argument is the sailing version of "airplane on a treadmill."
  9. College sailing is a little paradoxical in that it actually can exclude decent sailors from mainstream competition if they’re the wrong body type. Stockier or taller sailors (usually men but sometimes women too) are banished to lasers or keelboats, since the ideal combined crew weight of the FJ/420 is around 270-290, and the more balanced the better. At the same time, college sailing accommodates plenty of walk-ons, even at the higher levels. Without a kite to fly, crew work is very fundamental and easy to learn for anyone who is athletic and competitive. Unfortunately, few of these walk-on sailors ever stick with it after school, probably because they’re never introduced to the sailing community at large. I’ve been filling out my keelboat crew with sailors from the local college who are around for summer classes. It’s a pretty casual club team, and most don’t have much racing experience. They’re excellent learners and really get hooked on the teamwork of flying the kite. All of this is to say that there’s nothing stopping college sailing from becoming more diverse, especially when a good chunk of it is made up of people who have never set foot in a yacht club. And in fact, every passing year I read my alma mater’s sailing newsletter (it’s a nationally-ranked varsity program), the team seems to be resembling the overall population (at least on campus) more and more. If we can do more to keep these people sailing after college, it will greatly benefit the sport.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    Thanks folks. I'm planning to rent a 3/4T truck in a few weeks to go get it. The seller has been been very accommodating too. If things change and travel is restricted, I'll reach out.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    It's a 1970 Yankee, Hull 186. Not a huge fan of the interior layout - I think it tries to do too much - but the fundamentals of the boat are the same as the earlier hulls. The other boat in our fleet is an O'Day. Which one is yours?
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    I just put down a deposit on the Dolphin in North Carolina. Amidst all the uncertainty and some work/family obligations I'm not sure when/how I'll retrieve it, but I'm looking forward to owning it. I got to drive a Dolphin in a race last night, and was instantly sold. What a sweet boat! with the board up we were able to sail all the way back to our mooring field on a shallow river, while everyone else had to motor up the channel. Thanks for all of the responses!
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    Thanks everyone for the amazing response. I've made an inquiry on that Dolphin in NC. Amidst the plague and some work-related travel restrictions I'm not sure yet how I'd retrieve it if I buy it, but I'm sure I'll figure something out.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    I've seen them there! As much as I'd hate to cannibalize a OD fleet, I'd be interested if one comes up.
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    Help me out with some MORC History

    Good call on the Kestrel, I forgot about that one! @Gouvernail, that Electra is a beauty. I'll shoot you a PM. I'm not sold on the small end of the range yet (I'd like to sleep at least 3 without it being cramped), but it's a head-turner for sure.