The tall mast/short boom conversion was made due to perceived problems with weather helm
. Mine has been converted which also allows midboom sheeting with a traveler on the coachroof. The original chainplates and rigging
were weak. Most have been strengthened. The very long tiller required the helmsman to sit forward in the cockpit
with a somewhat obstructed view, mine has been changed to Edson wheel steering
but the tiller hardware
is intact for emergency
I believe the companionway
height was raised somewhat and coaming boards were not required to keep water
from entering the cockpit. The companionway
slides became better designed.
Most of the early models had side galleys and a large dinette, later aft galleys and twin settees.
The woodwork is a little nicer on early models. Not sure about the propulsion
but likely early models had Atomic 4's.