Ok, here it is: I bought a beat Olson 30, sort of a strange deal. I got an '82 O30 with a busted mast, no winches, no sails, and no keel for $800. So, although I pretty much know what I'm going to do with it, I'm going to throw out to you folks to give me some ideas ;-)
First, I'm going with a lifting bulb keel and an outboard rudder, for better hydro and righting, and to be ramp launchable and easily trailerable. A little sick part of me says: "c'mon, build a canter" Crazy?
As for the rig, I've got another busted O30 mast so I've got plenty of splicing options. Current thought is to move the rig forward and go with a B&R style rig w/o a standing backstay. It would be fractional enough to use asym chutes well, the boom would grow a couple of feet.
Sails: square head main, not a lot of overlap on the headsails, like I said, masthead asym chutes.
What I like about the O30: It's overall toughness, performance offwind, fun factor.
What I want to fix about the O30: upwind performance, clunky rig, one design anachronisms.
PHRF-I don't give a fuck, they may try to rape me, but they'll have to catch me!
Other stuff- I want to build this boat offshore tough and super simple, keeping it light, fast, and functional. I've got the skill and budget to do this-my way, not Walter Wallets.
So.... laugh at me, call me a charlatan for messing with a classic, but maybe, give me a few good ideas....
I get it next week, so I'll get with some pics soon.