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Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

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From the era when real men sailed... no ratchet blocks, no cam cleats, no auto bailers, no ball bearings, no dyneema, no wet-suits.

 

FOR SALE - 1947 International Fourteen built by Douglas & McLeod - US 360

This boat is the precursor to the common Thistle. Sandy Douglas just scaled up the lines.

 

A little background - I found this rare boat about 6 years ago. It's been stored indoors it's whole life for the last 70 years!

This is the first professionally built design that started the West Coast I14 development. It was mostly home builds and East Coast based before then.

I intended to do a full Bristol Restoration but sometimes life gets in the way. Too many boats, too many projects. I have to let this one go.

It's survived 70 years so far under good care. I'd like to have the new owner continue that tradition.

Everything is there and sound. I just wanted to make it look perfect but now I realize there is no time for me to work on her.

This boat is a kick in the butt to sail and gets tons of questions and compliments. Boat is watertight, still stiff and quick even by today's standards.

I would repaint the interior just for aesthetics but that's it. No rot, no delam, no issues.

Hot Moulded US Ply Construction (5 veneers laminated at opposing 45 deg) . Professionally sheathed in fiberglass to preserve integrity about 8 years ago.

Designed by Uffa Fox using the "Alarm" lines.

Spruce Triple Spreader hallow Mast w/internal halyard winches.

Miter Cut cotton Ratsey and Lapthorn (NY) sails from 1947. Still in good shape!

Mahogany slats with Oak rails. Foils are solid Mahogany.

All hardware is period correct. Mostly bronze.

White Hull with bright Transom.

This boat is an excellent example of US dinghy racing history. It should probably be in a museum.

Regretfully, this boat has to go as I have too many projects at the moment and not enough time.

For Sale - $1000 usd. Go see the ad in SA Classifieds under "dinghys".

More info here: http://cbifda.blogspot.com/2012/01/from-carbon-back-to-hot-molded-wood.html

http://cbifda.blogspot.com/2012/03/usod-360-sails-again.html

 

PM for questions.

 

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Tempting!  But I’m finally back to just 1 14....

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19 hours ago, Raz'r said:

Tempting!  But I’m finally back to just 1 14....

You're not really a 14er unless you have more than one... Get on it!

By the way, the pre-war boat will be the centerpiece at this years I14 Worlds. Keeping that one.

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I asked a couple veteran 14ers that question. They said it was either a mark of an early One-Design or it was a national champ winner.

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15 hours ago, Raz'r said:

I asked a couple veteran 14ers that question. They said it was either a mark of an early One-Design or it was a national champ winner.

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Below is the somewhat famous photo of the kingpin of the early Southern Californian USOD fleet, Dick Fenton, in his Douglass and McLeod number 116 (note the caret symbol under the 14 insignia - designating this 14 as a one-design), sailing with a reef in the main.US116.jpeg

http://cbifda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/us-one-design-classic-internatonal-14.html

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http://cbifda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/us-one-design-classic-international-14.html

 

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Yup - One Design. About 380 or so made in the US. They were the first mass produced 14's by a builder. The build proved lighter and faster than most others (hot moulded ply, same as mosquito war aircraft). Pretty soon everyone was buying them and they had a One Design Fleet.

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Attached link is for a good article about Sandy Douglass, co-founder of Douglass & Mcleod which built these USOD 14's. The article doesn't have much to say about Sandy's 14 sailing but provides some good info (of course a focus on Thistles, Fly Scots and Highlanders). Also note that Douglass got into sailing with sailing canoes.

https://www.chesapeakebaymagazine.com/features/2018/2/28/sandy-douglass

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Attached link is for a good article about Sandy Douglass, co-founder of Douglass & Mcleod which built these USOD 14's. The article doesn't have much to say about Sandy's 14 sailing but provides some good info (of course a focus on Thistles, Fly Scots and Highlanders). Also note that Douglass got into sailing with sailing canoes.

https://www.chesapeakebaymagazine.com/features/2018/2/28/sandy-douglass

I remember Uffa mentioning Sandy in one or more of his books.  I'll have to dig it up. I think it was at that fateful Sugar Island regatta when de Quincy and Fox showed up...

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