RE: Stars and Stripes prodject
Good luck with your project. I had 2 of those victor boats and they may have been my alltime favorites (only realize this long after they are gone:-( I didn't use the stock supplied keel and bulb but made mine from scratch modeled after comparable units on the IOM or USOM boats, deeper to allow the boat to carry full sails in stronger wind). They sailed wonderfully! They tracked straight and true and pointed very high. Mine was painted like Stars and Stripes but with the later midnight blue color and trim rather than the light blue of 1987, a very good looking boat. My wife's boat was all red and set up exactly the same. I then built an AC Bahamut and eventually sold both Victor boats ( stupid, stupid!). If you have something good that worksKEEP IT-leason learned. The AC is very large and harder to handle now that I'm older. I am considering buildind a Victor Soling as that is a VERY popular boat here and is a one design which appeals to me a lot. But seeing your pics makes me want to build another S&S, very compact, easy to build and you can personalize to the nth degree; not for racing but for endless hours of enjoyment.