Yes, I confess, I am hoping the classics don't disappear... chopped up in desert lots for their encapsulated lead! I was going through Marchaj's book "Sail Performance" and I thought all you classic owners and wannabe owners would appreciate this quote, page 77, Fig. 59:
"Crossbreeding of the ocean-going yacht with a sailing dinghy
does not appear to be promising from the viewpoint of seaworthiness. Unseaworthy behavior in heavier wind
is more the rule
than the exception with boats built to the IOR or IMS rules. It is not only the strong, active crews of racing
yachts who bear the brunt of current
design trends - it is also the cruising folk who are directly influenced by the racing
fashion. Although the great builders and designers of the past had an intuitive feel as to how to build seaworthy craft (now in danger of extinction,) the concept of balancing speed against safety and seaworthiness appears to be losing ground."
( my emphasis )
If more of the younger folks knew and understood this, the classics might be saved from extinction...
BTW, 96 members in the Plastic Classics group! When we hit 100 you are all invited down to my boat for a cold beer! But bring your old clothes.. I just have a few things I need a little help with... really, it'll only take a minute...