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Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:02 pm

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So I got into removing the last of Spark's fittings in anticipation of sanding tomorrow. In removing the horse I discovered a pair of half inch diameter holes drilled through the deck 5 inches to either side of the centerline.


Early Series 1 boats did not half the full width horse with tracks like my GP does. (as seen here)


But instead had a tubular bronze outhaul sheet horse that barely cleared the top of the tiller like this one:


Being built in 1964, it is evident that my boat was built just before the full width horse was allowed in the rule book and was then retrofitted with it. Spark was originally part of the race fleet in Stone Harbor NJ, so the wooden horse would have been necessary to increase her chances of winning against the newer boats.

This is funny as I always wanted the older style horse, but never acted on it because I thought it was only the much older early boats that had it. Knowing that my Boat originally was equipped with it means I can install without any remorse

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GP-14 #5942 Spark


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