Interesting as these are all names of the past.I bought Appleknocker late last year. She was listed here on SA. She sums up much of whats been discussed. She is a 27.5 One Ton boat, she has been modified and rerated under IMS Her keel has been swung forward which gave her a 7'2 draft,her bustle and skeg are gone, her rudder lenghtened and balanced. Her mast was pushed up to I=50' All the idea of Richard Disbrow, he tells me his boat is the same She was raced avidly by a family crew for @15 yrs and lastly cruised with her altered interior for the last 12 yrs by an older couple out of Baltimore. There is a pic posted over at the end ot the Ranger28 thread. She must have been doing something right to have had such an active life.
I about fell out of my chair this morning when I saw this....I used to drool over these boats when I was a kid. Didn't Hat Trick used to be red with a cool white stripe along the topsides? Never saw the Peterson / Chaser 29 pictured, but loved El Rojo. Is this the same boat or renamed and painted white? Loved the graphics and names of Dandelion, Cork (another H1Ton), wasn't there another one- Appleknocker (or Apple something)? Then there was Orange Crate- a funky looking flush deck looking thing.....HaCha from Mentor was cool also. I think it was beige and brown?
Orange Crate is still alive and kicking and still has the aircraft carrier flush deck. Jim and Chris Davis race it every week out of North Cape Yacht Club, mostly in JAM now, and the boat just keeps on winning. It celebrated its 35th anniversary this year by winning the Mills Race overall in JAM. It is a great and legendary boat. Jim was honorary chairman of the Mills this year and there is a nice writeup of the construction of the boat in the program.
I remember racing against that boat when it was new. Appleknocker was a Ranger 37 owned by Bernie Swindeman, one of several on the GL back then including my father's boat. Dandelion was a Heritage One Ton, a bit newer vintage one tonner, and is still sailing on Lake Michigan. Throw in the Peterson boats and a few custom boats, and there used to be some great competition.
The original Appleknocker was a green Dragon raced by Bernie, great sailor. Never raced against him beyond Dragons. His dad, Walt, also used to race a Dragons, white as I recall. They owned an apple orchard somewhere in Michigan if my memory serves me correctly.
Used to race on Cork against Roger on Dandelion - great times at ILYA.
The guys on El Rojo, Brett as I recall, were also a great team. Raced out of MHYC.
Orange Crate was, and I guess still is, running in the competition. Good for Jim. Boat used to leak like a sieve, even when new.
Should know about Hat Trick but can't recall her history.