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Postings on the Craigslist thread for Banshee's generate a lot of favorable responses. It seems like a cool boat and deserving of it's own thread. I've never sailed one but years ago there was a guy in Kentucky who would clean-up in Portsmouth races. 

I found this link that may be of interest. 

http://shorelinesailboats.com/2016/11/banshee-sailboat-rebuild-part-one/

The Griffon should be included here. The Griffon was an all carbon version of the Banshee - I remember seeing adds in the sailing magazines long ago. Are any of these still sailing? Google search shows that 15 Griffons were built.

Edited to add this link with some rebuild / restoration info:

http://bansheedinghy.blogspot.com/?view=classic

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2 hours ago, Alan Crawford said:

Postings on the Craigslist thread for Banshee's generate a lot of favorable responses. It seems like a cool boat and deserving of it's own thread. I've never sailed one but years ago there was a guy in Kentucky who would clean-up in Portsmouth races. 

I found this link that may be of interest. 

http://shorelinesailboats.com/2016/11/banshee-sailboat-rebuild-part-one/

The Griffon should be included here. The Griffon was an all carbon version of the Banshee - I remember seeing adds in the sailing magazines long ago. Are any of these still sailing? Google search shows that 15 Griffons were built.

Edited to add this link with some rebuild / restoration info:

http://bansheedinghy.blogspot.com/?view=classic

I sailed a Banshee as a kid sometime early 70s. Certainly a nice boat, although I recall the one I sailed seemed to have quite a soft bottom. Felt like I was walking on a water bed. Unfortunately for the Banshee, the Laser came at exactly the same time and that part of sailing history is, well, history. The Griffon looked great but it was ahead of its time. An 80 lb carbon fibre boat - sounds familiar. 

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32 minutes ago, Bill5 said:

I sailed a Banshee as a kid sometime early 70s. Certainly a nice boat, although I recall the one I sailed seemed to have quite a soft bottom. Felt like I was walking on a water bed. Unfortunately for the Banshee, the Laser came at exactly the same time and that part of sailing history is, well, history. The Griffon looked great but it was ahead of its time. An 80 lb carbon fibre boat - sounds familiar. 

I think the Banshee came out in 1969, a bit before the Laser.

Whatevever. The marketing juggernaut of Big L rolled over the Banshee and several other singlehanders of the same era. 

Only 15 Griffons were ever made.

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7 minutes ago, Bill5 said:

They have upgrade pricing, but no total boat pricing. I see they have a solution for the wobbly floor I described above.

With everything going on they might not have started building new boats yet.

Someone should start counting the days until there is a North American builder

They have a very  impressive history 

https://www.mooresailboats.com/our-story

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1 hour ago, Admiral Hornblower said:

https://www.mooresailboats.com/banshee

in that link, they claim that the Banshee is faster than the Laser and Force 5. Has anybody felt that to be true?

Also, how does the Banshee compare to the laser and Force 5 in terms of controls, balance, quality, ect. ?

Portsmouth Yardstick DPNs - faster boats have smaller numbers.

Laser        91.1
Banshee  93.7
Force 5     95.4

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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 years ago. I think that has stopped.

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On 9/15/2021 at 12:19 PM, ARG said:

can any kind Banshee owner tell me the precise measurements for the sail battens? i'm missing mine (and am away from my sail at the moment). thanks!

Just get a long length of batten stock (probably 5/8") and 8 end caps.  (presume no more than 4 battens)  Load that into the car with a hacksaw and file or sandpaper.  Cut to fit when you have the sail in hand.  A sharpie is mark #1, #2 etc. will help keep them sorted if close but not exactly the same length.

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