That is indeed a great find... Congrats and Happy Birthday, now...September 29 2008 at 9:10 PM
Tony Natoli, SoCal
Response to I've struck Gold
I'm can't get too excited over a MAC 26 either... as I'm an old CAT sailer!
I know Cats are more fair weather boats and a MAC does indeed offer loads of "cruising" advantages... (I do believe MAC made a 36 x 18 Cat that had rather tight accomadations but was not a slouch!) ... but I tended to fall asleep at the helm on boats of this caliber. HA!
I once sailed an O'Day 39 outta Oxnard in some good winds (15 - 20) and managed about 6.8 knots indicated on a tight tack. The sails were really a mis-match on this rental but still... a slow day out on the water still beat my BEST day at work!
I've owned a Banshee 13, a Hobie 11 for the kids, and the first Prindle 18 on the LEFT coast back in 1977. My first sail was in a Sabot when I was 11 in Boy Scouts and like driving an X... the thrill never left. Also sailed Hobie 14's, 16's, a Prindle 15, and a newer Hobie 17 Cat rig. The Prindle 18 required a totally "different" methodology to tack, but on all other points was a forgiving ROCKET to sail.
The Banshee and the Prindle were both performance boats and I will admit my skills never met their potential... but I had a ball for about 15 years.
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!
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