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04-23-2010, 11:17 PM
Anyone here ever sail/own one of these?
Kinda cool looking in a retro sort of way.
04-24-2010, 04:19 AM
The guy who introduced me to sailing has one - a very very clever boat - nimble and well suited to anyone with dinghy racing experience...
The twin drop keels are aluminium - I have heard tales of corrosion.
The original engine is a gasoline flat twin - often gets replaced.
The whipstaff tiller is a marmite experience - I like it.
The "Aft Cabin" suits some folks better than others - short flexible folks best of all.
The original "Heads" needs the forward hatch - and needs it open.
The cockpit benches are superb - and when teamed with a canvas boom-tent, the best berths on the boat in the summer.
http://www.atalantaowners.org.uk/ <<< Owners Association
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?t=95761 <<Nice pic of that boat
http://running-with-ruth.blogspot.com/ <<< another pic
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?t=46423 <<< Previous WBF discussion.
04-25-2010, 03:05 AM
I waited to see if anybody was going to responde.. Thanks for the links . I sailed one across the Med in '69 and remember it as a responsive if undercanvased boat. Any gripes where particular to that boat as we had trouble with the Coventry Victor twin and assorted other bits. But it had been sunk just before, so no real surprise. I liked it, and if the hull is sound, it should be a good proposition. There was one for sale in the UK recently. Diesel engine and hydraulic keels, bit of a showcase and not very expensive. £ 7/8 K?
Edit, that might have been £13k, can't find the link
04-25-2010, 07:43 AM
Contact David Walworth at
Walworth Yacht Designs
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
PO Box 3792
Kingshill, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 00851
Tel: 340 779 3687
Fax: 340 719 1132
David owned, and actually lived aboard one of these in the late 1980's and has significant restoration, maintenance and sailing experience with them. I remember it as an extraordinarily comfortable and secure boat to sail. Loved the center cockpit and whipstaff
04-25-2010, 11:45 AM
Norris D Hoyt who wrote a book I've always liked, Addicted To Sail, owned one of those.
Hoyt was a guy who raised the practice of sailing OPB (other peoples' boats) to a fine art, usually in ocean-going vessels and/or New England Coastal racers. But the Atlanta-26 was his foray into trailering a boat overland on vacation with his family.
It's been years since I took that book off the shelf, but I never forfot the single photo of this unusual boat. Sure'nuff, it's the exact same model.
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