we had a yankee dolphin when i was a kid. what a great boat.Thanks for the suggestions, folks, and keep 'em coming. Just a note, when I say "first generation fiberglass," I mean the transition era between wood and GRP, back when they didn't quite know how strong the stuff was and thus overbuilt the crap out of them. I've had enough pops and creaks coming from the vicinity of the keel trunk and compression post on my Mac to last a lifetime, and I want something that I won't have to do much structural maintenance on.
Most of these boats have nice overhangs and either full keels or very early fin keels. Basically, I want the aesthetics of a wooden boat with the construction of fiberglass, with an authentic racing history. A lot of the various '60s Pearsons fit this bill, but I was having trouble thinking of more. The Morgan 24/25 looks nice, though the reported centerboard issues sound like a headache. Are any of the early Irwins (23/4/5/7) worth looking at?
okay picky. the pic represents what else is out there. jeesh.The front page picture that accompanies this post is misleading. On the front page, the post talks about wanting to find an early '60's, solid fiberglass, classic sailboat 24-27' from the beginning of the MORC era, but the picture that accompanies the post is of a late '80's Mariah 27 from the end of the MORC rule era...
anybody remember the pt 30?A bit longer than your specification, but the Chance 30-30 was always a solid all-arounder in its day.
Except the Hawkfarms were a mid 70's IOR Half TonEasy, get the Seattle Hawkfarm for $5k: http://www.latitude38.com/classifieds/classy_display.lasso?cat=25
Six people have successfully completed SHTP on five Hawkfarms.
There's one in our fleet - well sailed and almost impossible to beat in anything but the stiffest breeze. I'd like to bring some variety to the fleet with another design but the Dolphin is mighty tempting if I can find the right one. I like the S&S design lineage, too (same as the Tartan 27 - good call).we had a yankee dolphin when i was a kid. what a great boat.
Other than LOA, how exactly does a Kirby 25 meet the OP's requirement of a 1960's MORC boat.