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    Default Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    I never thought that I would encounter one of these on this side of the Atlantic.

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    It's not exactly pretty but I think that it's really intriguing in a weird sort of way. I admire designers, such as Uffa Fox, who were not afraid to take a bold step beyond the conventional.
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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    I guess that after the war a lot of people played around with cold or hot moulding and came up with some intriguing designs. Interesting how the genoa sheet goes through the gunnel, coaming, whatever the sides are called there. Very interesting boat. That genoa looks original.

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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    Totally interesting.

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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    Sort of a cross between a barrelback and slipper stern.
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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    The Atlanta might be the first use of twin pivoting bilge-boards. Boats get around, there are at least two Atlanta's that I know of in BC. There are also several original Elkins built Vertues, and lots of Hilyards, etc.
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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    Around 1977 or so an Atalanta anchored off Dinner Key, Fl while I was there. It had been sailed across by its owners.

    At the time I thought it unattractive, especially with the usually amount of cruising/live aboard dandruff cluttering the decks and lifelines. On the other hand it just seemed so sensible. They anchored in areas too shallow for pretty much any other boats. They had relative solitude in a crowded anchorage.

    The couple who owned her were quite pleased with her in almost every way. IIRC their had a Vire ~7hp gas engine. They thought a bit more HP and diesel would be an improvement, especially for puttering up the ICW.

    I became intrigued by the boat and wanted to sailed alongside them in my Vega 27. I thought it would be an interesting comparison, but it never happened. I saw them motor out of the anchorage a couple times and I tried to give chase once. By the time I got underway and tacked my engineless boat out of the channel I'd lost them among the other boats in Biscayne Bay.

    I remember telling them I thought it was the boat Commander Spock would design, had he become a naval architect. One can argue every decision in the design process was made for 'logical' reasons. Aesthetics weren't a high concern. But like the VW bug, the design grown on you.
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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    My friends owned both a 26 and a 31. Incredibly engineered boats, but the layout was never to my liking, the aft cabin on both boats being used (by them at least) as more of a shed than a cabin. Sail performance was excellent even in hard weather up or downwind. The hydraulic system for the keels was something else and i have not seen anything like it in a modern boat of similar size, probably due to cost restrictions. The "airbourne-lifeboat" lines are clear to see.

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    Default Re: Fairey Marine 26' Atalanta - for sale in Canada

    The guy who wrote Addicted To Sail, emphasizing the benefits of sailing OPB 's (other people's boats), trailer cruised all over the USA in one of this Fairey Marine barrel-back boats.

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