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  1. #36
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    Default Re: Thunderbirds are go

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Quit your fooling Garrett, that's a Phillip Rhodes design.
    You remembered my story from Rockland
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    The Thunderbirds have that 50's "modern" look to them that normally I would detest, but they somehow pull it off.

    I really can't figure it out. Even some of the paint schemes are just awful, but on them it somehow looks right.

    I guess that's the secret of good design? Maybe it's the natural cabin sides.

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    Check out Sailing Anarchy. They have a pretty cool Thunderbird photograph on the front page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    The Thunderbirds have that 50's "modern" look to them that normally I would detest, but they somehow pull it off.

    I really can't figure it out. Even some of the paint schemes are just awful, but on them it somehow looks right.

    I guess that's the secret of good design? Maybe it's the natural cabin sides.
    Is there much '50s in their design? I always thought they were extremely stark and functional but with moderate rake at bow, stern and cabin front, and that's a pretty timeless look.

    I did a winter series on a mate's one. Nice boat, but almost all the Sydney fleet had already rotted and ours was on its way out. "Give me a bit more vang" could, and did, result in saying "okay, give it a bit less vang, and someone shove that square foot of deck back together will ya".
    Last edited by Chris249; 09-19-2017 at 08:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    They are essentially the first sportboat.
    Now THAT always starts a debate! Soon we'll have sandbaggers, Raters, Jollenkreuzers and the other usual suspects being touted as the real original sportsboat.

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