Rescued Classic Plastic, USA 288

Please give Rick Peyran some appreciation and welcome back to the Class. I’ve asked Rick to consider full membership with his classic boat. If you’re in California, we have a lot of activity starting to bubble up as the website gets discovered. San Francisco, Los Angles, San Diego could all have fleets of 3 or more by the end of next year if people band together.
Hello James,
I came across the new US OK Dinghy Association website. Thank you for your efforts to revive the class in the US. I thought I would let you know about a boat I rescued from the landfill a few years ago. I rebuilt it and have been sailing it for recreation out of Oceanside Harbor, CA.
The boat had been part of a Navy recreation program on Mission Bay. The sail number is US 288. I was able to salvage the outer skin of the sandwich glass hull (foam core had disintegrated), the traveller bar, and the sail. The rest of the boat was unusable (rotted and full of termites).
I replaced everything else mostly of wood (mast, boom, CB case, internal structure, deck, blades). I got a set of plans from Mary Reddyhoff in Britain to guide the rebuild.
I rigged the boat simply with a boom wedge instead of a vang and minimal controls, definitely old school. I enjoy sailing the boat and reliving my youth when I sailed an OK in Oregon and Washington before the class died with the introduction of the Laser.
Best Regards,
Rick Peyran
Carlsbad, CA

Published by James Bland

USOKDRA Executive Secretary; USA1008 / USA 8 / "Secretariat"