My wife's family
built this boat. It is always good for us to see these boats being restored. All too many have been reduced to the value of their ballast.
Boat design and construction techniques have steadily advanced through the years. Many of these classic sloops have found a dedicated group of fans that have kept them in fine nick. They were built with the finest materials available at the time. During WWII when Phillapine mohagany wasn't available Honduran mohagany which was considered inferior was substituted.
The reality of their being old, narrow, wood boats, has for years, kept their demand, hence value, low.
In the last decade there has been a resurgence in their popularity especially in San Diego
, San Francisco
and the PNW as sailors have again come to appreciate their classic lines, fine sailing qualities and or just want to own and care for a significant piece of westcoast sailing history
. For this we are truly happy and thankful.
As to taking one of these vessels long distance sailing, I.e. to the South Pacific
and beyond, well, it has been done but we (as circumnavigators) would be quick to point out that there are many more suitable, safer, roomier and more readily adaptable designs available that should be considered.