Ahoy there KathleenB, Ozskipper and fellow Traditional 30 owners past and present. Mind if i chime in as well on your conversation. Better late than never.
I agree with the previous comments , they sail very comfortably and have good turn of speed for an old cruiser/racer and have surprised many more modern newer designs on the race
I bought my beloved Trad in 2008 and have had many good times on her both racing
and cruising with the family
Finito as she was originally named, now Jessily after the kids
names, was launched in August 1982 on Lake Macquarie. The boat then spent some years in Broken bay but is now back on the Lake were she first started.
She was built by Mike Barrett yachts in Sydney's North.
I have spent many hours working on Jessily, and replaced many things as you would expect on a 33 year old yacht, however i do seem to enjoy this.
I have been fortunate, to know the original owner who was a shipwright and purchased the Trad as a hull
,deck,keel and rudder and finished it off himself.
The boat comes with quite a delivery
story in fact, although i do not think i should repeat it here, even though it is 33 years after the event.
I also know another chap who bought a Trad new in the 80's and he has been a great source of knowledge and information.
I have looked for many years for a Traditional 30 forum site or class site, without any luck.
I have been envious of other designs and classes
that have well established sites where they exchange all types of information and discussions.
Is the Linkedin project
up and running? It would be great to see it gain some legs and hopefully grow and gain some more enthusiasts. Cheers Gus.