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|Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2003 - 11:30 am: || |
Bob: I believe that it was I you met in Ensenada as I was helming a Swan 53. Belongs to a friend of mine! There has been some conversation here regarding the S2 9.1 SE. S-2 built four Special Editions. 2 were outboards and two were inboards. I own a 9.1 Special Edition called Wetfoot that is hull number 118. It is an inboard and is sailed out of Sandusky Ohio. I purchased the boat new (after a MORC regatta) in California. It was actually purchased in Memphis from an S-2 dealer and sailed on Pickwick Lake for a about 3 years. I relocated to Ohio and moved the boat to Sandusky about 11 years ago. The boat has been kept since and participates in local and ocaissional away regattas. We won class with her at the 93 MORC Nationals in Sandusky! We have been quite competitive with her and have taken a few flags with her over the years!
The boat seems to have slight advantage over regular 9.1's in light air but as the wind pipes up it can be any 9.1's race. (in my opinion)
I still own her as I have yet to find another boat as competitive as well as comfortable!
Other 9.1 S.E.'s have been sited in Kansas, upstate New York and Annapolis. They may have since been purchased and moved. For anyone with questions, you can e-mail me at Wetfoot18@AOL.Com
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|Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 01:54 pm: || |
I met someone in Ensenada, Mexico after the Newport-Ensenada race last month, who said that he has a 9.1 SE that he races very successfully in Lake Erie and that there were only 6 of them built. He saw my 9.1 (Survivor)and we had a nice visit. We finished 12th out of 22 in our class in the 125 mile race, which wasn't too bad considering we blew up both of out spinnakers after the 1st 5 hours and finished with a heavy #1 and main and still averaged 6.5 knots. Of course the wind was blowing 20-25 most of the race, which was the fastest in the 55 year history of the race. We lost the 1st chute when the sheet snapshackle failed and it took forever to get it down. The 2nd (3/4 0z)just blew up in a gust over 25, and we were doing 8.5 - 8.9 at the time.
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|Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:00 am: || |
The factory built the 9.1 SE after it had significant success with the 7.9 SE. The first 7.9 SE was Little Feat, which won MORC nationals two years in a row, the first year as a factory boat, and the second year with a mainly amateur crew - only one sailmaker on board - from Cleveland. Little Feat was a fixed keel fractional rig 7.9, with extra stiffening and vacuum bag layup. The factory was surprised at the price premium they were able to get for the 7.9 SE, so they decided to try a 9.1 SE. The first one, #114, Sailin' Shoes, was built in 1986. Sailin' Shoes has an outboard, lowering her weight by about 825 lbs., hence the much lower PHRF rating. She didn't place well at MORC nationals in 1986, so the factory was pessimistic about their ability to get the price premium for the vacuum bag layup. I'd be very surprised if there were more than one or two built and sold before the factory quit building sailboats completely at the end of 1987. Paul Alexy might know more about that last production year - he was a 9.1 dealer then. The other person to contact is Joe Heslin, who owned Sailin' Shoes until recently. My thought is that the PHRF rating comes with too great a liability: I'd be unenthusiastic about the hassles and limitations of an outboard on a boat the size and weight of a 9.1.
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|Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 08:20 pm: || |
Several PHRF sites note a 9.1 Special Edition with a rating of 120...any idea how to identify this model?