Osprey, 1985, Thousand Oaks, California, $6,750, SOLD 6/5/10

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1985 Osprey

This is a unique opportunity to buy one of the most amazing head-turners out there:

  • 17' 7" wooden hull
  • Hull and deck built in '78 by Master Boatbuilder, Mike Corbin of Lymington, UK, but not launched until '85; stored unused in a garage for the last 17 yrs
  • Completely renovated 2008/2009; stripped and varnished throughout using Epifanes UV Marine Varnish
  • 3 genoas incl. an excellent Sanders racing sail
  • 2 mainsails incl. an excellent Sanders racing sail
  • 1 Sanders Sails racing spinnaker
  • Proctor Epsilon mast (reinforced at strut level by Ballenger Spars, CA)
  • Cut-away boom
  • Centerboard and rudder blades finished in 2-pack epoxy
  • much hardware brand new
  • Brand new nylon protective undercover
  • Canvas top cover (needs new velcro)
  • Combination dolley/road trailer with new tires/electrics, registered with PTI plates

    The Osprey dinghy was designed by Ian Proctor (who also designed the Wayfarer, Olympic Tempest, Topper, etc) in 1952 to compete in the IYRU Olympic Class trials in France, where it raced agaist the Thistle, 505, Flying Dutchman, etc. Her long, lean hull and generous sail plan make her fast in light air, and her trapeze makes her fast in a blow and in waves. Not quite as fast as a 505 or FD, but much more manageable.

    She has a huge, self-draining cockpit (transom flaps and through-hull self bailers), and she is often used for fast day sailing - the roller-furling genoa helps to make increasing and decreasing sail area quick and effortless. However, she is primarily a big, powerful, racing boat (D-PN of 84.8, so much faster than a Lightning, Buccaneer, Johnson 18, etc), so expect to get where you're going quickly!

    This boat is 100% ready to sail/race. Selling her because her renovation is finished and I am looking towards my next project. No silly offers please - to get a varnished wooden Osprey nowadays you would have to have one custom-built and imported for some $27,000, so this boat is a bargain.

    Photos taken during renovation except for the last one, which was her re-maiden voyage!

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