Ejlindahl, jdazey, thanks for your added information!
I am super keen to find the history
and story of this boat. Between Al and the previous owner to me, I know not much so far.
Ed Horstman said he heard from the guy who bought it from Al and was invited for a sail down San Diego
way before he left for NZ. Ed didn't say whether he went or not though.
Al's three daughters were very thrilled to learn that their father's boat is still around.
The story of discovering that Mustang was Mistral started with Ed and his wife identifying the pulpit as belonging to Mistral. Then I was looking at the few old photos I could find, and was sent, and comparing them with Mustang.
Several little items seemed to match. Then found the mast
was an exact match. A gold anodised spar from Chichester, England
. But still not knowing whether there might have been more than one boat with one of those masts, I still wanted another clue. Mistral had deep red trim. Mustang has grey trim. But when we pulled up the daaggerboards the other day, there in the middle section between the white top and antifouled tip was that beautiful deep red paint
. Positive ID!