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WTB new Thistle -- who's the builder?


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#1 J24_guy

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 05:55 PM

My understanding is that Thistle dinghies are still being manufactured. Does anyone know where a new one can be had? ... i have heard that there is a builder in Jacksonville who makes new ones, but I can't seem to locate any such company. Thanks.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 06:03 PM

My understanding is that Thistle dinghies are still being manufactured. Does anyone know where a new one can be had? ... i have heard that there is a builder in Jacksonville who makes new ones, but I can't seem to locate any such company. Thanks.


Doug Laber in Sunbury Ohio owns Great Midwest Yachts. He's the long standing builder of new Thistles. Last I saw, the builder in Jacksonville bought the Fox Molds and modified them a bit. His boats have (last i knew) not been approved class legal yet. I think the Fox mold boats are fast. Mike Ingham has a Northwest One Design boat which I think was also made from that mold and he wins EVERYTHING. He probably would with a GMW though.

Good luck on the new boat! New Thistles are a FREAKING piece of furniture! BEAUTIFUL boats!

#3 Five Guys Named Moe

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 10:12 PM

Lots of good newer used boats around unless you want to drop cash for a brand new one.

Doug Laber is the guy.

#4 jmart

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:17 PM

www.thistleclass.org

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:58 PM

Just had the new hull measured and showing it off at the Blood Mary in Anderson SC. This weekend.

#6 Gouvernail

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:14 PM

Just had the new hull measured and showing it off at the Blood Mary in Anderson SC. This weekend.

no no no.. Who is on First!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

#7 gullyrooster

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:13 PM

Boats are being built by Lamb's Yacht Center. Early pics are on the lamb's facebook page.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 12:47 AM

Not to hijack this thread, but I am looking for a really, really dialed up late-model Thistle on the East Coast. I'd like to find one with unvarnished teak woodwork if possible -- I just think that's a lot easier than varnished mahogany or ash. Must include really superb trailer. Budget $14K. Send me a PM here, or an email to cicliste666@gmail dot com.





Boats are being built by Lamb's Yacht Center. Early pics are on the lamb's facebook page.