Taylor 40 ML Meridian

Alaris

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Ps long time no talk are y’all racing anything these days? I’m still racing the old mod J/105 and BI40. But I’d do silly things to get the green boat at my dock again. Had her up on the Severn for a week for some college publicity thing and it felt right at home. 

 

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Good for them!! I never spent any time on promises, but fitikoko was a delightful boat to sail. 


Ps long time no talk are y’all racing anything these days? I’m still racing the old mod J/105 and BI40. But I’d do silly things to get the green boat at my dock again. Had her up on the Severn for a week for some college publicity thing and it felt right at home. 
Promises was built slightly higher grade than As Larks aka Fitikoko. I don't think Fiti had the carbon in her for one thing. But overall very similar boats.

Yeah, we built a Carkeek 40 last year, just finished the Miami - Eleuthera race last week with it. Fantastic race, hope more people take a crack at it next year.

Didn't they run into something pretty hard with it a few years ago?
Dunno. I'm sure Leroi can chime in though.

 

JoeO

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I love the taylor 40s I remember one from ey west race week a long time ago named v-max fast little sucker.
Different Taylor 40s' - Fred's was an earlier (1989?) IMS design (masthead, alloy rig), the one discussed by the OP is a later generation 1997 design (frac, c-fiber rig). The 1989 Taylor 40 was about 3-6 sec/mi faster than a late 80's 1-Ton, the newer Taylor 40 about 30+ sec/mi faster.

 

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Didn't they run into something pretty hard with it a few years ago?
Yea, we did hit a little C&C 30 a few years back. They had sailed up under us about 2-3 boat lengths away.   Our tiller extension  broke off heading DDW in 20+ kn and we chinese jibed into their rear quarter.  No damage to us, but a lot to the C&C.  Larry had done a lot of updates, we continued with replacing the standing rigging, re-powering w/3gm30 Yanmar, fresh paint inside plus mast and  topsides to be done this winter, new electronics....anyway, lots of work.  The other boat (Fiti) is in St Pete and we help crew at NOODS for the last 5 or 6 years.  Both still out point most anything and are still stiff.   Leroi

 

Alaris

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Yea, we did hit a little C&C 30 a few years back. They had sailed up under us about 2-3 boat lengths away.   Our tiller extension  broke off heading DDW in 20+ kn and we chinese jibed into their rear quarter.  No damage to us, but a lot to the C&C.  Larry had done a lot of updates, we continued with replacing the standing rigging, re-powering w/3gm30 Yanmar, fresh paint inside plus mast and  topsides to be done this winter, new electronics....anyway, lots of work.  The other boat (Fiti) is in St Pete and we help crew at NOODS for the last 5 or 6 years.  Both still out point most anything and are still stiff.   Leroi
All three of these ex-SMCM boats to come up in this thread (fiti, promises/voodoo, and meridian) go upwind like a Saturn V. Glad they are all still seeing good use. 

 

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Yea, we did hit a little C&C 30 a few years back. They had sailed up under us about 2-3 boat lengths away.   Our tiller extension  broke off heading DDW in 20+ kn and we chinese jibed into their rear quarter.  No damage to us, but a lot to the C&C.  Larry had done a lot of updates, we continued with replacing the standing rigging, re-powering w/3gm30 Yanmar, fresh paint inside plus mast and  topsides to be done this winter, new electronics....anyway, lots of work.  The other boat (Fiti) is in St Pete and we help crew at NOODS for the last 5 or 6 years.  Both still out point most anything and are still stiff.   Leroi
I remember running into something soft. Was it goose shit shoal up the Rappahhanock?

 

voodoochile

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I remember running into something soft. Was it goose shit shoal up the Rappahhanock?
Not gooseshit shoal, duckshit shoal named for the duck farm on the shore.  10' deep to 4' deep and like a wall but all sand.  You don't so much run aground as bounce off it.  How did you get hooked up with the Meridian boys?

 

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Not gooseshit shoal, duckshit shoal named for the duck farm on the shore.  10' deep to 4' deep and like a wall but all sand.  You don't so much run aground as bounce off it.  How did you get hooked up with the Meridian boys?
Mutual friend (Sol Rosenberg) introduced me to Doghouse after a Mac several years ago. Doghouse then did a couple of Macs with me and I had the opportunity to sail with them last month. Good people. 

We still need to get you up here sometime to do some lake sailing. 

 

bgytr

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It's just the nature of the beast. There's no money to maintain these kinds of boats in a college program. When St Mary's got done with Prelude, one of our previous donations, it was basically uninhabitable. Promises, the Tripp 38, too. You just have to be ok with the college kids getting some joy and experience out of it.
We used to maintain the boats in our offshore program at suny maritime.  If you were on the crew, you worked on the boat every day after classes.  Or you got booted off.

 

Alaris

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We used to maintain the boats in our offshore program at suny maritime.  If you were on the crew, you worked on the boat every day after classes.  Or you got booted off.
When I ran the keelboat team at SMCM, I was the boat captain in addition to being team captain. I spent basically every afternoon before practice on the boats fixing and cleaning. I also poured my summer earnings into fixing things we had no actual budget to fix. I begged and begged and got about $1,000 a year for safety equipment, that was the total budget for the four years I was there.
 

That was a different time. We had two big boat teams back then (my team had a Hendo 30 and Olson 30; the other had Fiti and Meridian). 
 

All of this to say, some of us took care of the gifts we knew we were lucky to have. But we knew we were the exception. 

 
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bgytr

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When I ran the keelboat team at SMCM, I was the boat captain in addition to being team captain. I spent basically every afternoon before practice on the boats fixing and cleaning. I also poured my summer earnings into fixing things we had no actual budget to fix. I begged and begged and got about $1,000 a year for safety equipment, that was the total budget for the four years I was there.
 

That was a different time. We had two big boat teams back then (my team had a Hendo 30 and Olson 30; the other had Fiti and Meridian). 
 

All of this to say, some of us took care of the gifts we knew we were lucky to have. But we knew we were the exception. 
Yep back in those days we fixed it or learned how and then fixed it.

 

voodoochile

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Mutual friend (Sol Rosenberg) introduced me to Doghouse after a Mac several years ago. Doghouse then did a couple of Macs with me and I had the opportunity to sail with them last month. Good people. 

We still need to get you up here sometime to do some lake sailing. 
Love to come up!  Call me.

 




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