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  1. I had a brand new Banshee back in to 70’s and 3 Laser after the Banshee. The Laser is slightly faster but not by much. There were only a couple of weak points on the Banshee. The back of the boat is open and if you throw the helm over fast the back of the boat will scoop up water. Not enough to cause issues but a couple of gallons. Will not happen in a Laser. The other weak point was the plywood transom. They deteriorated over time. On the plus side a Banshee can be sailed easily with 2 adults or 4 kids. Not something the Laser will do. Ron Moore in Santa Cruz was rebuilding Banshees a few y
  2. Still love sailing my Finn (1949). Though my boat is many decades newer.
  3. Blackadder knows what he is talking about. I got his sail design from North and my 27 was a weapon in PHRF. Never had the opportunity to race against a 29 during my ownership.
  4. I kept and launched my Finn from our dock for years. I have a Laser too but almost never sail. The Finn is so much more fun..
  5. Looks like you hit the main J issues. The only other major concern is the balsa core material. May or may not be a big concern depending on size and location of any wet core. Have not owned the 40 but raced on one a few times. I liked the boat and interior lay out. Good all around boat in my opinion.
  6. Gotta Go, the Finn is a great boat and so much more than the Olympics. Most people that sail the Finn have no intention of ever going the Olympic route. I am north of 200 and have a Finn and Laser. Sail both regularly. But preference is the Finn. Looks like you are out of Connecticut. You will have to work hard to get Finns out in that area. The Laser might be a better option if one design racing is what you are looking for.
  7. I have 2 PFDs that I like and they are very different. Stohlquist - really like this one but a little bulky for dinghies. Ultra adjustable and once set up it does not move. Because of all the adjustment points there are more chances of getting snagged on rigging and lines. But if needed in a life threatening situation, this would be my preference. Zhik - I use this one most of the time on dinghies. Very thin and almost nothing to get caught on rigging or lines. Some models are listed as flotation aids and not USCG certified. IMHO, Zhik is probably the most popular in dinghy racing.
  8. I bought a heavy duty sewing machine maybe 20 years ago from a canvas maker that was closing and going cruising. Best investment in sailing gear ever. It has outlasted many boats and paid for itself so many times over.
  9. Just buy a Finn you won’t be disappointed with the boat sailing in SF except if you want to race. Competition and race opportunities are plentiful but all in southern CA. I had my Finn in SF for several years and the conditions are excellent for this boat.
  10. Get in touch with Rodney Cobb at Suntouched Sailboats. He can fill you in on everything you would ever want to know about Finn sailing in the UK. I believe his shop is closed at the moment, like most of sailing. But bet he is answering emails and he posts on Facebook everyday.
  11. Amazing and well done!!! I saw him leave San Diego only wish I could have been there today.
  12. Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel?
  13. I had a boat once with balsa cored deck The prior owner attempted a fix like the above photo. It was a small area, maybe a 1' diameter circle. He drilled about 8 holes and filled with epoxy. Not sure what type or if any drying involved. The deck was rock solid in the area of the repair. But a hairline crack developed around the exterior of the repair. It was in a high traffic area on the deck. I always assumed it was from the different core materials. The epoxy was solid and the balsa might flex a little.
  14. I had a Henderson (don't remember the model) but whale parts worked with no issues.
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