TP 52 Cruiser

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This boat came up in the thread about "$80K boats" some months ago.

J-Bird111 has now been bought for restoration as a cruiser/racer - for sale at $30,000 it obviously had just a few issues.

https://www.facebook.com/JBirdIII/

Have a look at their face book page, especially the videos about the soggy decks. Be interesting to see where this ends up. Great CORONA project for two.

 

SloopJonB

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For the money they will have to spend that was not a good choice.

I was talking to a TP52 owner at the fastener store a couple or three years ago. He had just bought a new carbon main for $47,000 USD. :eek:

Kind of puts that purchase price in perspective.

 

The Dark Knight

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I wondered what happened with that one.

Fucking Jesus. If someone paid $30,000 for that boat they paid $29,500 too much. What a mess.
When you consider how much they will have to spend, the extra $29,500 will probably not dent their budget so much. Also, who says they paid list price. Maybe the owner would have accepted $500 to see the end of it.

 

The Dark Knight

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TP 52 convertible

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P_Wop

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This is a cool project. 

NOT to race, but fast daysailing and cruising. 

New deck, of course, and a bit of an interior, err...., but the plan's solid.  Lots of used TP52 sails out there going almost free.

 

P_Wop

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Jeepers, I sailed this thing as Flash on SF Bay, and some CA coastal races too.  Great boat.

However for cruising the skinny racing rudder might be a bit sketchy, as if you lose control of direction, you suddenly lose it big. 

You might need to rethink that.  It's not hard to layer a more forgiving section over the top of the skinny one.

 

Bowchow

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Awesome. Can't wait to see how they progress. 

Reminds me of the guy in PSL who bought Ex Pegasus and is doing a pretty decent job of refitting her as a cruiser. 

 

Tyler Durden

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I think this is great.  You couldn't make this boat properly competitive now, the rig can't take the new mainsails without a fair bit of work.   I remember being up the rig when this boat was still relevant, the halyard lock for the spins was a big tylaska stropped in to the mast; you had to go up there and manually attach the sail to the mast.  Really the first 5 TPs are a whole different class.

 

Icedtea

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Am I right in saying that Samurai refit hasn't gone well at all in hindsight? 

In terms of refitting a TP52 to go cruising, I just hope whoever is taking this on knows that this is going to cost much more than buying a 50 foot fast cruiser off the shelf, much much more. 

I think this is great.  You couldn't make this boat properly competitive now, the rig can't take the new mainsails without a fair bit of work.   I remember being up the rig when this boat was still relevant, the halyard lock for the spins was a big tylaska stropped in to the mast; you had to go up there and manually attach the sail to the mast.  Really the first 5 TPs are a whole different class.


How do you mean? Did someone have to get hoisted up the mast to hoist the kite? 

 

Coolerking

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Sail it upwind for a bit...perhaps...say... home from Cabo on that bottom and I can promise the term "cruising boat" will vanish before your eyes.

Cool project though...actually thought it was my old ride for a second..

 
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