John Welsford of New Zealand designed the Saturday Night Special as a planing, plywood-and-epoxy day sailer with watertight flotation and storage compartments at each end. With a free-standing mast and three reef points, the rig is easy to strike or adjust for any wind condition. The design took into account the generally downwind Texas 200 event which can be a very fast sled ride, and this build has a self-bailer. The boat was built in Texas and has a hull identification number. The centerboard case was reinforced by the current owner, and the centerboard shaped to be a more hydrodynamic foil. The aluminum mast is lightweight; yard and boom are wood, with the yard being smaller diameter = flexible. On these balanced lug rigs, the most important sail control is the downhaul, which is 6:1 here. Hull, deck, and cockpit recently painted with System 3 two-part linear polyurethane. RSS sail in good condition. Rowing is possible, no oarlocks yet. Lightweight motor mount and small electric trolling motor included. One battery for motor, separate sealed lead-acid 12V battery for 12V and USB lights/charging/instruments (your handheld GPS, phone, etc.) Trailer has good bearings and tires.
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