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Submitted: 09-16-2005 by AndyG
The Glider was my first glass boat after two years in a CD Scirocco. It doesn't have a rudder and I raced it for 2 years w/o one. When racing there were too many correcting strokes and I would waste valuable energy and time to stay on track after a passing boat or current change. But w/o a rudder you really learn how to handle a boat. I finally just installed a Sealine system and the rudder is a necessity. Now you can concentrate on your forward stroke and stay your course or get out of someone's way in a hurry at the start of a race. Here's how I rate it:
Touring - 10 Racing - 7-8 due to weight limitations Turning (while racing) 90 degrees - 8 of 10 Turning 180 degrees - 6 of 10 (you must practice tight turns because the built in hull type skeg in the stern enables you to track well over distances bet defeats the turning ability in tight quarters.) Windy Conditions - 6 of 10 (While racing around Jamestown, RI 15 miles, I had to stop for other issues nothing to do w/ the boat. 3 racers passed me. This was the downwind leg with the tide and current. Over the next five miles I settled in and caught all three boats. Turned into the wind on the Northern leg and then 6 miles into the wind heading south and all three boats slowly but surely walked away from me.) Following Seas - 7 of 10 (gets squirrelly due to the lack of rocker in the stern. You have to brace and watch yourself. Like most boats.) Weight 48 lbs w/ Rudder it's Kevlar w/ Glass overlay on Hull. Fit & Finish 10 of 10 Resistance to Wear Factor - 10 of 10 (This boat looks new on the water - it's five years old.) Hardware/Decking - 10 of 10 Resale - 10 of 10 Cockpit - Roomy the way I like it. Hatches - 10 of 10 dry as a bone Length - 9 of 10 (it's long @ 19ft.) Boat Appeal - 9 of 10 Cruising w/o effort - 4mph Cruising w/ effort - 5 to 5.5 Racing - 5.5 to 5.9 (steady pacing) Racing - Sprint - 6.2to 6.5 mph (hard to sustain)
I would be hard pressed to sell this boat so I recommend it highly. If I bought a race specific boat I would still keep the glider. This is an all around fast cruising day boat that can do expeditions fully loaded and you are always in front of the pack.
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