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    the greatest

    Hobie 16 Brought more people into sailing than all the other boats mentioned combined. More fun than any other boat mentioned. Cathy Collins learned to sail on one. She was later known as Bo Derek. Have a Hobie Day.
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    The owner got off with no charges. The BN had to face some charges after she fetched up in Santa Cruz with most of the deck fittings removed and the boat obviously scuttled. Her condition did not match his original story.
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    Yes, and floated down current for a few days before fetching up on the Santa Cruz Harbor sandbar. Then: Great Fun Sinks off Pt. Arguello June 24 - California Coast The Davidson 50 Great Fun, one of the most successful racing boats of her era, and more recently a Bay racer, is no more. Owner Stan Glaros reports he and a crew of three were on the delivery back from the Coastal Cup race Wednesday evening when the boat started taking on water faster than it could be bailed out - by two electric pumps and "a scared man with a bucket." At the time, Great Fun was motorsailing through 7-ft waves about 13 miles off Point Arguello. Winds were in the 10-knot range. Although they did not feel an impact, Glaros is reasonably certain the boat must have hit something, since a haulout a couple of months ago showed the 24-year-old boat to be in excellent structural condition. He and his three crew checked all the throughhulls and everywhere else they could get to, but were unable to find the leak. After half an hour of battling the water, at about 10:30 p.m., Glaros called the Coast Guard. The Coasties arrived in a big rigid inflatable. A helicopter came by a short time later and lowered a pump. But by then it was too late. Great Fun's bow was underwater and the Coast Guard ordered everyone off. The crew were transferred to a 47-footer, which brought them to Morro Bay. Glaros' last sight of the boat he has owned and raced since 1987 was of her disappearing into the fog, still motoring, lights on, decks awash. "It reminded me of Titanic in the movie," he says.
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    On the first attempt Great Fun washed up on the sandbar at the mouth of Santa Cruz Harbor. On the second attempt the job was done right, and she was never seen again.
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    Great Fun is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean somewhere south of San Francisco. The Bruce King Hawkeye is probably in the same neighborhood. This is Gerry Moog's Dynamo from around 1980.
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    Holland and Peterson sailed together to Tahiti on Spirit. Spirit was a 33 foot S&S bay racer owned by George Kiskaddon. Improbable was not built yet.
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    Peterson? He didn't sail on Improbable. How do you think it had a profound effect on his career?
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    what was it?

    You have obviously never seen a Pinnacle 30 or Adhara 30. Go here to see those boats:
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    Anarchy III For Sale ??

    WTF? In this age of METOO this scumbag assaults a woman on Facebook and you think he's a victim? WTF?
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    ton fun

    The leather bag, with line and float, would not have been on the boat during measurement unless the measurer was complicit in cheating. Internal ballast had to be fixed, with location noted on the certificate. A leather bag full of shot is not fixed. I doubt Dreyfus built the hydraulic transmission. I would think after the first time it leaked you would have had it repaired? Hydraulic fluid and Kevlar sail material were not very friendly. If the rheostats in the nav station were wired correctly, functioning, and not shorting out I would not call that shoddy workmanship. I doubt if Dreyfus poured your keel. He did try that once by digging a hole in the street outside of the shop, tapping into the gas line to set up his melt furnace, and using the hole for the form. The police came by and asked him to clean up his mess and not do that again.
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    ton fun

    D├ętente was not a forerunner to the Serendipitys. She was a NOM 41, built out of the S43 tooling after Tommy had ended his relationship with the Serendipity folks. Basically the same boat with a few inches taken out of the bow overhang by taking about 2" off of the freeboard, and the transom massaged a bit to move the After Girth Station forward. LOA of the S43 was 42.4' compared to LOA of the NOM 41 at 41.9'. I believe Dreyfus built about 3 of these NOM 41s.
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    ton fun

    That's because it is pure BS. Winches pulling the deck off of the hull. Complete nonsense, from a guy with a history of posting BS.
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    ton fun

    Meaning what? The winches were pulling the deck off the hull?? The winches were pulling the cabin house off of the deck?? That boat is still out there sailing with her original deck. So after 2 years Burt was surprised he had to do some maintenance like re-bedding the deck hardware? Two S43s have done circumnavigations. Hull #1 (Wings) has been a live aboard home, cruising the Pacific for more than 25 years. Most of the other boats are still racing today. The S43 was built with a solid laminate hull. That means no issues with core shear or core turning to mush. Bombproof compared to most Grands Prix boats of that time.
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    ton fun

    In the industry he was Timmy Twinstay. Once he started in with the MUCH younger daughter of one of his customers he earned "Timmy Tubesteak". Sharon was so hot just looking at her would burn your retinas.
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    ton fun

    That boat was pretty much a copy of the Irwin 42s like Razzle Dazzle and Slick. Some say in the CC conditions it wasn't any faster than the previous Coug, the '81 winner.