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General Description:  “Blew Bird” is a 26 ft. Thunderbird (#1144) built by John Booth Enterprises in 1979 in Victoria BC.  Includes Spartech racing mast and boom.  It was purchased from the Boy Scouts in Wilmington, NC, where it had been donated by the original owner Tom Norris.  Tom moved from the Seattle area and brought the boat with him to NC.  It had been sitting in a marina for 2 years after being donated.  It is one of only three T-Birds to be built with a “cruising cabin” configuration.  It was delivered to MD in the Spring of 2004.  This is one of the fastest Thunderbirds remaining in existence.  No expense has been spared.  Very competitive one-design or PHRF race boat.


2004 – Custom Triad trailer purchased new with electric brakes.  Trailer has never been in the water.                                           


Sail inventory

2014: Sailrite 5.93 Oz Dacron class jib (6’-6” foot).  Used once.

2014: Evolution loose-footed racing class Mainsail.  (built for 2014 Internationals.)  Includes light air and heavy air RBS  racing battens

2013: Evolution class spinnaker (built for 2014 Internationals)

2012: Evolution twaron/mylar string genoa – max luff/foot  PHRF #1

2011: Evolution loose-footed racing class Mainsail.  Good condition.

2010: Evolution mylar/Dacron class genoa – used at 2010 Toronto Internationals and Bost 2014 Internationals

2010: UK class spinnaker w/T-Bird logo

2006: North 112% (9’-0” foot) dacron #2 PHRF genoa




2004: Bottom sand blasted.  New epoxy barrier coat applied


2004: New Garhauer Traveler added   


2005: New Protor Tapered Aluminum spinnaker pole


2005: New Harkin primary winches


2006: New Booth built Hi-aspect rudder replaced


2006: Windows replaced with new Lexan windows


2008: Rudder bearings replaced with custom machined bearings.
- keel templated from class drawings


2009: Spreader bar repaired/reinforcement plates added


2009: All new light weight, Crystaline running rigging added


2010: New Spinlock deck organizers added


2010: New halyard winches added


2010: New 6.0 hp 4-cycle Mercury outboard added


2010: New (longer) genoa tracks added


2011: New Velocitek Pro-Start added


2011:  New light-weight genoa sheets added


2011: New light-weight Orbit genoa blocks added


2014:  Worn gooseneck parts replaced


Misc.: bunk cushions, Fortress anchor with rode, hand-held wind gauge, vang, main sheet blocks, back stay adjuster, wind vane, chain lifting bridle, Standard Horizon VHF, Ray Marine (new 2014) DS, boarding ladder,





2005: T-Bird Internationals Boston, MA.                   

1st Place

2007: PHRF Fleet “B” St. Michaels, MD  (season trophy)

1st Place

2010: T-Bird Internationals Toronto, Canada

5th Place

2011,  PHRF Fleet “B” St. Michaels, MD  (season trophy)

1st Place

2012,  PHRF Fleet “B” St. Michaels, MD  (season trophy)

1st Place

2013: Jimmy Wilson Race  St. Michaels, - combined Star, PHRF “A”, PHRF “B”  (23 boats. Included various J-boats in PHRF A class)

1st Place

2013 PHRF Fleet “B” St. Michaels, MD  (season trophy)

1st Place



All offers considered!!!  Please call Bob to discuss value/price


Bob Larsen

Easton, MD

PH: 410 820-4798




FOR SALE - May 9, 2012  #154 Chikanery (1960)

Buy it on Friday, Race it on Saturday!

Needs NOTHING to be a competitive boat in the fleet.

Lovingly  cared for and upgraded for the past 17 years.

Recent Improvements include:

New Spartech Mast 2004 (Still like new)

New Boom 2010 (Still like new)

Larger Spin pole  (v. good)

Larger Spin (good)

Interior repainted 2011

New Mast Step 2010

Reglassed foredeck 2011

Reglassed cockpit 2012

Hull completely painted 2012

Bottom faired 2012 (excellent)

Keel reglassed 2012 (v good)

Cockpit coamings replaced

Stern hatches replaced with fiberglass hatches.

New Back Stay 2010

New rudder post 2009

Chain plate bolts all replaced

Also included:

All running rigging (excellent)

All Harken/ronstan Hardware (excellent)

Auxilliary power

VHF radio

Racing Mainsail and genoa (good)

Extra sails for cruising and daysailing.

Full set of cabin cushions in excellent condition

Insurance valuation survey ( June 2012)

Exceptional race record

Truly a “no excuses boat”

Sail it away for only $4000.


For Sale - #647 – That Damn Thang

1964 plywood with epoxy skin Thunderbird.  Completely race ready and class legal, and can be raced fully crewed or single handed.

Pedigree includes - More flags than we can count!

2001, 2005, 2010 Internationals

2003 Marblehead NOOD Regatta

2006-2010 numerous LOSHRS and Lake Ontario 300 events              

Inventory includes

Aluminum extruded mast and boom

Sailmaster Tack Tick compass with depth and speed – solar powered

Boom Kicker

ST2000 Raymarine Autopilot

Main, Genoa, Jib

Undersized spinnaker and pole

class legal spinnaker and spinnaker pole – negotiable

outboard engine, solar panel,

MOT vessel safety equipment

Cushions, 4 point lift chains, stereo with cockpit speakers

Contact Diane Reid 416-878-2677 or


Thunderbird Part Out

I bought a Thunderbird in September 2009 and had planned on re-fiberglassing the hull. In May, 2010 I discovered the keelson is rotten and the 1st 4-6 inches of plywood that meets up with the keelson is also rotten. Now it’s a bigger job than I can handle so I will part it out and invest in another boat..

1-dingy (3 seat lightweight plastic with motor mount )- $500 obo
2-trailer (4-wheels, wired with lights, 2-adjustable vberths) - $2500 obo
3-Mast (lightweight metal and is wired) - $750 obo
4-front rail - $50 obo
5-Depth Finder - Uniden QT-206 - $75 obo
6-cockpit speakers - $50 obo
7-Rule-Mate 500 auto-bilge pump - $40 obo
8-Full set of sails plus Geneo in near mint condition - $1000 obo
9-seat cushions – brand new - $150 obo
10-15W Solar Panel - $75
11-Side rails, shackles, pulleys, etc (basically everything not listed – most items are brass) - $200

Finally – all of the above except for the trailer - $2500.

Purchaser is responsible for shipping from Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada.

Most photos can be seen here:
Gordie Waddell's Photos - Thunderbird PARTS | Facebook

Please call Gord at 506-631-4023 or e-mail for more info or to see if the item you are interested in is still for sale or not.



FOR SALE - Thunderbird Hull # 1121. May 5, 2008

“Mockingbird” also known as “Geeks Afloat”. $ 5000 or best offer. Boat is located and sailed out of Whitby Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. WhiteFiberglass hull, Aluminum mast, Honda 9.9 4 stroke, 2 mains, 2 genoas, 1 jib,

2 spinnakers, Spinnaker pole, Full set of cushions, 4 wheels trailer. The hull is sound, and the boat is in good shape. Sails are good for club racing but if you wish to race it seriously you will need new sails. The trailer has been used for yard storage only. The boat is presently on the trailer and is covered. I will be waxing and be finishing the bottom with VC17 by mid May 08. If you wish to see it or need some pictures, please e-mail me at:  or call Kevin O’Leary 905-655-8166

FOR SALE - Thuderbird#927.  May 4, 2008

Built and launched 1970 ,fair shape ,full set of sails ,nice cradle, double axle trailer, boat needs fresh paint and varnish . $2500 or B/O located presently in Buffalo,N.Y.  Peter 585-367-9212



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