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  1. Fair winds after a life lived to the fullest and full of good friends. I was doing bow on a 1 tonner typical of the era during a wet wednesday at MDR when the first purple Pendragon came out for the first time. As Pendragon (sailing in 3/4 ton trim) literally left us gasping in her wake right off the starting line, the owner of the one tonner said: "that's all she wrote...we and every other boat out here are now completely obsolete". How many people in any profession have that kind of dramatic impact?
  2. Good topic--as we start to think about looking for a new-to-us boat to transition to cruising, we have the same question. Without having significant experience with either option (I'm used to bolt-rope racing sails...), I can't comment from a first-hand perspective, but I have thought I would probably prefer slab with an electric halyard winch, as suggested by Zonker. However, I recently read something from Quantum discussing the pros/cons of the two options that made sense. They said if you do choose in-mast, and there are lots of reasons to do so, go without battens without a question--you h
  3. I was looking forward to retirement in a couple of years, but it's sounding like way too much trouble. Maybe I'll just keep working...
  4. That may have been true, but Jack O'Neill had us all convinced otherwise.
  5. Thanks sleddog for the great articles. For some more eye candy from the '50s, here is the PCC #3 Selene looking pretty in her slip at SDYC yesterday. Not sure who owns her, but she is kept in fine fashion.
  6. A family friend Bob Hogan was a regular on Silversword during the '70s. I spent a few hours on her as a kid in SoCal when Bob delivered her from Hawaii for transpac (maybe '73?). I always thought she was a great looking boat and also wondered what happened to her. Bob (who passed away a few years ago in his '80s) had some great stories from his Silversword days--they pushed that boat hard in some big conditions in Hawaii, and between the boat and crew, they stood up to it and delivered.
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    STC BI Race

    Although it would be fantastic if all those covid owners kept sailing, I'm assuming we are going to have an awesome buyer's market for used boats in 2 years
  8. Mention of the K-38 reminds me of one of the legends from the day I have heard a little about, Peggy Slater (and her K-38 and K-43, both named Valentine). In addition to a mishap that she miraculously survived while sailing solo to Hawaii (she was one tough lady), rumor has it that she is the one who got Humphrey Bogart into sailing. Sleddog, it would be great if you could can fill us in a little on her life and sailing exploits....
  9. The first time my dad took me sailing I was too young to remember. This was shortly after his first sail ever. The story is he had saved up $400 to pay for the birth of my brother, who came along soon after me, but because of some complications, the hospital bill so exceeded what he had saved that he decided he might as well put the $400 into a sailboat instead. I don't remember a time when we didn't have a boat. When I was a couple of years old (early '60s), we moved from Berkeley to the LA area, and our new next door neighbor was building a 32' ketch from scratch in his back yard, with which
  10. Since the mission here (as spelled out in the OP) is to talk you out of it, how about this: I assume your wife and kid are looking forward to a nice summer vacation with you in that Airstream trailer. If you buy a SC50 right before, you are going to be totally obsessed with the boat, worried about selling the trailer so you can (almost) afford to fix the boat, and did I say, obsessed with the boat? That's not going to be very fun for them this summer, and not a good way to get them onboard (figuratively and literally) with the boat. Boats have been called the "other woman" for a reason. Forget
  11. It seems like one can find a horror story for just about any boat. Some are one-off problems on a single hull number, and some represent true systematic issues with a design or a manufacturer. Some represent the end of the brand (Oyster, anyone?). Some systematic problems get fixed with later hull numbers, at least by the better manufacturers, but buyer beware (and be ready to address the problem when purchasing a used boat if it doesn't already have the fix). Keel sump problems on J-boats, and various issues on both Tartans and Sabres over the years. I almost hate to mention it, but a 402 (St
  12. Agree that the Catalina 42 looks like a good deal—a lot of boat for the low $100s, and typically quite a few are available at any time. With respect to the OP’s requirements, Catalinas along with Sabres are one of the few modern production boats without a sail drive. Tartans have sail drives, which are desirable for my wife, who is particularly sensitive to engine noise, although I don’t know if they really are that much quieter. Another thing to research. We are also intrigued by the Tartan Solent rigs. However, with the newest cruising code zeros now available, which supposedly furl w
  13. Sounds reasonable. Some of the 402s on YW look pretty tempting. One of them has had the aforementioned crazed deck replaced by Sabre under warranty. Clearly Sabre is a quality company that stands behind their products. My wife and I decided a smaller (34-38’) boat is probably better for us, but if we were interested in a 40-er, the 402s would be at the top of our list.
  14. I've been looking at Tartans and Sabres too. For what my wife and I plan to do for the next 10+ years after retirement (daysailing, coastal cruising, with maybe a longer trip or two to Mexico (from San Diego), both tick a lot of boxes for us (although we are leaning more towards the Tartans right now). John Kretschmer has fairly detailed (and favorable) reviews on several Sabres (Sabre 362, Sabre 402). We are probably a year away from getting serious about buying something, but I've been tracking Tartans and Sabres in the 34-40' range on Yacht World just to get a feel for things (recognizing t
  15. More complete history here. Restoring Sparkle. What a cool boat.
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