Can You Be Fast in an Old Boat?
I am the proud skipper of the mighty 'Green Monster', FS #1146, which turns 50 in two years. It's bottom is slick with VC-17, and has recent sails. There are no core issues, though the deck has some soft areas. I have refurbished the boat and installed many upgrades. The boat is just as I would have it! (gorgeous, comfortable, rigged perfectly for me) The Green Monster has done very well in club racing, but my wife and I plan to stretch our legs a bit, and sail the regional circuit this season. I assume that our hull is not as light or stiff as newer boats. We are a One Design class, but I assume that our boats are not all equal. To even have a hope of being competitive this season, I feel that I'd need to buy new sails, but am concerned that would be throwing good money after bad. I have come close to buying a few newer boats, but they are REALLY expensive, and I don't like them as much.
What to do? Any thoughts, advice, guidance you could offer on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
Dennis in New Hampshire