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Fireball, 16', 1973, Los Altos, California, $750, SOLD 11/21/10

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Fireball, 16', 1973

Originally designed by Peter Milne in 1962, the Fireball is a one-design high-performance sailing dinghy.

The Fireball is sailed by a crew of two, and sports a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker, centerboard and chined hull.

The boat planes in as little as eight knots of wind and is easily controlled past 35 knots.

Since the trapeze and sails require skillful adjustment rather than plain strength and can be tuned for different sailor weights, the boat lends itself to sailing and racing that is very inclusive with respect to age and gender.

It's an exciting boat to sail.

  • LOA 16 ft 2 in
  • Beam 4 ft 8 in
  • Hull Weight 175 lb (minimum)
  • Mast Height 22 ft 4 in
  • Mainsail Area 88 sq ft
  • Jib Area 35 sq ft
  • Spinnaker Area 140 sq ft

  • US 8085 is in very good condition
  • Purchased new in 1973 from Sailnetics
  • Raced in San Francisco Bay Area for 3 years
  • Hasn't been in the water since 1976
  • Always carefully garaged

  • Lime green balsa core fiberglass hull trimmed in teak with Elvstrom Super Max bailers
  • Dark blue fiberglass deck with spinnaker launcher
  • Gold anodized Proctor mast and boom
  • Hornung sails - main, jib & spinnaker (new in 1973) - a bit soiled, but no rips

    Also includes:

  • Little Dude trailer in good condition
  • Spare (unused) Proctor Beta Minus mast with fixed fittings, shrouds and trapeze wires
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Lifting sling
  • 2 Trapeze harnesses
  • Boat cover (serves its purpose, but is made for a larger boat)

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