Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thistle racing dingy

The Thistle is a dingy sailboat racing class which has existed in the US for sixty years. Here we see Doryman standing beside his Thistle under restoration in the shop. This boat is hull number 16, built in 1946 of a unique hot molding process, similar to the production of plywood. The Thistle is a "one class" design, so currently built boats, though made of fiberglass today, are essentially the same boat and this old beauty could still be raced in local and nationally sanctioned races. This Thistle should be back in the water this summer in fine racing trim. Crew anyone?

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