They are built in Long Beach Cal
. Dencho Marine
Mine was one of those run hard and put away wet but I got it cheap
and I like working on boats so I'm good with it.
As for sea worthy-ness, the rig is over built and the hull
is strong but they are an IOR design and can be a little squirrelly in rough seas (cresting the swells). They were built with a few short cuts but that can be resolved. They're either a racer
or cruiser. If you buy a racer
it'll be lighter with the short cuts.
The decks are both balsa and foam cored, balsa being in the level areas, foam in the up rights. The problem is if the thru holes for deck gear
was not sealed, some of the core
may have got wet. I had to cut out and re-core under two winches and a padeye.
They're a deep keel
boat with a large rudder
so the COE is aft of the mast
more then one would think but in wind
under 20 kt one can run full sail w/a 150% genoa
They are a perfect light air boat. I've balance mine out with a larger loose-footed mainsail
and a 135% roller reefing genoa
. But I do need more keel
weight. A bulb is in the future.
There's a whole lot more to know but I don't have all day, I'm off to the boat now,
rebuilding her for a TransPac in a couple more years. This picture is a couple years old. She's a bit different now with a cockpit
change and dodger/bimini.