Baltic & other early sandwich designs
finally joined after reading in this forum for a few months.
I have a couple of questions on the 1970s/early 80s Baltic models.
I am looking for an absolutely seaworthy boat around 40 feet that sleeps at least 6 people but is still safely manageable by a couple of which one is a non-sailor.
A Balsa sandwich construction is favorized by me, not only for the weight, but also because of better fatigue resistance - my budget only allows a boat aged 25+ years.
Here comes the first problem: I only know of Baltic building cruising boats from sandwich construction in that time - would like to broaden my range of choice - can you tell me some other boatyards that did the same in comparable quality (donīt want to start digging out a rotten balsa core...)? Wasa could be an example...?
Has anybody heard of a 1970s Baltic with serious water damage/rot in the deck...or god forbid even the hull?
Another question: What do you think of the Baltic C&C constructions with respect to being handled shorthanded? The 37 should be no problem, but I also have a 42 in mind. You know if it was derived from the 1975 Tina-I-Punkt built for the German Admiralīs Cup team?
And finally: Iīve read in this forum that there was a version of the Doug Peterson Baltic 42 built in South Africa (under the name Magnum). Have other Baltic models been built down there as well?
Thanks a lot for giving your opinions,
a bloody amateur