I didn't know there was such a thing:
Yup. that's a Seaborn Sierra. I think there might have been some info on them in the Seaborn and T-Bird articles in WB a few years back. There's another one at the house where a friend of mine docks. I was told that I could probably have it for the asking if I gave it a good home. I thought hard about that one but decided it justwasn't the right time. There are lots of spares as all the T-Bird rigging and sails will fit it. That said, I think the T-Birds hard chine really adds to its speed and agility. These are pretty round bilged. All in all, I think I'd look for a bird instead unless it was in really great shape and a great deal.
Yup, my understanding was Seaborn modified the plans for plywood construction at the behest of the Plywood Association, to help them promote their products. [img]smile.gif[/img]
But I'm with Jamie- the T-Bird is not only a better looking boat to my eye, but may be faster, and certainly has more value what with the class association, name recognition, and a ready market.
I had one once for about 8 months- a great boat, and one of the few I would own again if the right opportunity came up.
Actually there are two prior designs to the development of Thunderbird. The Sierra and the Seafair. I am not sure of the order of development, but I can check the plans. Both are round bilged. It is my understanding that the ease of construction of the Thunderbird killed off the Sierra & Seafair and only a dozen or so were ever built.
Darn...I still got's the plans to my old T'Bird...I wonder if'n they izz worth anything as ancient artifax.....