Thursday, April 23, 2009

Revisiting Thistle #16

There is more from the Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Festival (and crab feed). Quite a bit more, in fact.

Sweet Sixteen, Thistle hull number sixteen, made a debut in the warm spring sunshine. No one knows for sure how many years it's been since this boat has seen the water, but she's ready to make up time.

For this show, Sweet Sixteen rested on her trailer on the tarmac and drew many admirers. There was general agreement that she didn't look her age. She's just as sporty today as she's ever been, after 63 years!

You may know that boats in this class today are made of fiberglass. They may technically be the same design, but who would argue that the wood ones are prettier?

Doryman spent approximately 1000 hours restoring this old thoroughbred. A labor of love, indeed!

Designed by Sandy Douglas, the Thistle debuted in 1945. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The boat planes easily in 10-12 knots of breeze and will glide effortlessly in light air.
Hull number sixteen was manufactured in 1946. The Thistle Class Association has no record of this boat, so it is speculated that it was a "kit" boat, possibly assembled by it's owner and probably never raced.

But she's ready now!

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