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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting. I have recently purchased an 11-foot fiberglass whistler sailboat, and although it is mostly complete, it is missing the manufacturer's plaque. I was wondering if anyone could help me put a date to it. I have only found a few photographs of other whistler 11's on the web, and only one pic that seems to Resemble mine. Though it has been repainted, the seats are unmistakably made of oak, and the original (and extremely faded) topside teal color is visible in areas where the newer coat has chipped. The sail bears the whistler logo (W with bird flying across) and the number 522. I have found advertisements from the early seventies for the whistler, but the hull design seems different, having more structure around the daggerboard sheath, and less (if any) exposed wood. I am unsure if the sail numbers climbed sequentially as time progressed, but it seems that throughout the seventies they consisted of four digits. I am almost certain that I have the original sail to this boat, considering it is entirely original save for lines and a few bits of hardware.  If anyone has any tips or information on mfg/anchor sailboats it would be greatly appreciated. Also, though this is a stretch, if someone has rebuilt the centerboard retraction system on one of these before and has some pointers I would love to hear them. Mine has a good deal of play from side to side. Other than that, she seems like she'd make a good daysailor, though I'd like to know how old this dinghy actually is.

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There are photos of old MFG catalogs on the website.

look in the more general information section not specific  to Whistler pages.

in about 1972 or 1973 the company redid the deck so the boat was self rescuing. The seats were part of the one piece molded deck.

the new Whistler had a fiberglass daggerboard 

I sailed #888 for the 1968 catalog 

so my guess is yours is a '66 or '67

MFG bought Anchor Sailboats sometime around 1964-5. My Dad went to work there at about that same time. MFG Boats was a powerboat division of a company that started earlier than the 1953 Corvette. Robert Morrison who owned MFG convinced GM to use fiberglass for the bodies. 

Whenni first visited MFG I was a 12 year old just out of Prams and still too small for Snipes. So I spent a couple summers sailing a Whistler on Canadohta lake 


My Uncle liked my boat and found or maybe started a Whistler fleet near Dearborn, Michigan . He bought one of the first boats produced in Uniin City, PA Somewhere I have the letter written to my Dad explaining everything that was not quite right about it from when he bought his  boat.


Anyway... builders plaque : There was a plastic oval riveted somewere that had a "w" and said Anchor Sailboats ... .     Unfil

Those ran out .... 

Your boat could be pre MFG. I have few ways to  tell for certain other than if I find my Uncle's  letter and we use the sail number to guess  

if it was built at MFG I think maybe you will find an old MFG logo with the fish under it. Or two rivet holes where it once was 

The bonding material MFG used to glue the decks to the hulls was pink. Itbhandked a lot like bread dough. If you look up around the gunwales inside the boat you might see some paternal squished out. If it is pink when you scratch it is probably  a Union City boat.

also... the gunwale rubrail  used by MFG was an aluminum rail with a black insert. 

I don't think Anchor used a rubrail at all. 

I think MFG used mahogany for the seats


The designer was Fred Ford of the car family. He would be about 90-105 if he is alive. I only met him once when he was at MFG to test sail the first  Redhead. ( a lot like an O'Day Daysailer ) It had horrible Lee helm. He and my Dad sailed out between the docks at Erie Yacht club and straight into the back of  parked keelboat. Ford got off the boat and left. 

I added a few shackles to the  forstay, took the stopper roller off the centerboard so it  wouid go further forward and we took it for a ride. Once we got it fixed up it  sailed quite nicely  

the Pintail and Ford 20 were also his designs. 






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Thank you very much for your insight! Sounds like I found the right place to pose my question. The two rivets are still there centered in the front lip of the cockpit, just before the mast like in the photo of you and #888. The rubrail is also aluminum, though the rubber insert is white. I was unable to find evidence of the pink adhesive, though the resin itself is pink/maroon.  That leaves only the issue of the retracting aluminum centerboard. The cable and pulley function well enough, though when I let it down it is loose enough to move about 4-6 inches side to side at the tip. Is this normal for this boat? Or am I looking at the results of fifty years of wear? Another question I'd like to ask, is there a collector's market for these boats? Should I hold off on getting too crazy with customization for the sake of originality? 

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The link opened Facebook but didn't send me to any photos. 

You can load photos directly to this forum while writing posts by scrolling down a bit and clicking on "click to load files" 


if your files are too large you can croonthe ohotos in whatever editor you have or some email programs give you an option to select file size for photos.

Email the photos to yourself. Choose a smaller size. Download the smaller files and use them for places like this where size is restricted.

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