This is a great board. I have been lurking for a week now. Don't expect too many posts from me but I will be a loyal lurker, chiming in when I think I have something to say.
I have a 1966 Luders 33 that I bought three years ago in good shape. I am slowly going through and refreshing/replacing/updating almost everything. The big concern for me is the chain plates that appear fine but I know they are buried deep in fiberglass
and Chloride Stress corrosion
os a potential problem. I have no plans for taking the boat
"off shore" but sailing the waters of New England
and Long Island Sound
is the plan. My previous boat
was a Sea Sprite 23. I will always have a spot in my heart for the original Paper Moon. The hand carved name board graces the wall in the den.
I also race
on three different boats. Two of them are Classic
Plastic and the third, my Wednesday Night Mudheads boat, a C&C 34
. The classic
plastic boats are a Pearson
Wanderer and a Red Wing 30. All three boats are sailed very well by competent owners and I have learned so much about sailing. I recommend any cruiser to race
a few times. Not for the close quarters sailing or hair raising mark roundings but for sail trim. Moving the genoa
car an inch can mean the difference between winning and loosing. I compare it to getting home in the light or in the dark.
Thanks for running a great forum
Dennis Doherty (a.k.a. LazyGuy)