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EXPLORER 17 (SAILSTAR)
Explorer 17 (Sailstar) photo on sailboatdata.com
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Hyde Sails Direct
Hull Type:  Centerboard Dinghy Rig Type:  Fractional Sloop
LOA:  17.00' / 5.18m LWL:  15.75' / 4.80m
Beam:  6.33' / 1.93m Listed SA:  155 ft2 / 14.4 m2
Draft (max.)  3.60' / 1.10m Draft (min.)  0.60' / 0.18m
Displacement:  650 lbs./ 295 kgs. Ballast:  
Sail Area/Disp.1:  33.10 Bal./Disp.:   Disp./Len.:  74.27
Designer:  Talman Bigelow/Robert Baker
Builder:  Sailstar Boats (USA)
Construction:  FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1960 Last Built:   # Built:  
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   Sailstar Boat Co. (USA)
DESIGNER
More about & boats designed by:   Robert H. Baker
NOTES
The listed designer in the Sailstar literature, Talman Bigelow, had previously been an employee of the O'Day Corporation. Sailstar Boats was sued (unsuccessfully) by O'Day Corp. because of the EXPLORER's obvious similarity to O'Day's DAYSAILOR.
The real designer seems to have been Robert Baker. (As part of the design brief, Baker was asked to come up with something similar to the O'Day DAYSAILER.)
An 'economy' version of the EXPLORER, without the cuddy/cabin, was called the DEFENDER (1966).
Also offered was a keel version of this same hull called the PIONEER (rare).
Thanks to 'sunbird10201' for providing additional information on this boat.
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