The Best Of Boat WorldsTM
While the seller provides a disappointing dearth of photos, this 30′ Etchells Sailboat is a pretty splendid example of a classic racer. This is a 1974 model but was completely restored in 2015 along with the trailer (included). 
E. W. “Skip” Etchells designed these boats in answer to a competition launched by Yachting Magazine in 1965. The first submission was a wooden model named Shillalah, and she was taken to Kiel, Germany to compete in the trials held there in the fall of 1966. She won 8 of the 10 races, but nevertheless the judges were unable to agree on a winner, and so a second set of trials were held in Travemünde in 1967. The boat Etchells brought this time was a fiberglass version, using Shillalah as a form. As with the first races, Shillalah II dominated – winning then of the thirteen races held.

And thus the Etchells Class was born, and is very much alive and active to this day.

Find this fine example on Craigslist in Seattle here. Currently listed at $15.5K.

 

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