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the bubbles in Champlain tickle my nose.

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There must be something about cold water. Maybe it is the shorter sailing season, or the lack of salt, or even just the never warm enough water, but Lake Champlain seems to hold a higher percentage of Sea Sprite 23s than anywhere else outside of Bristol RI (Where they were built). Especially the early ones.

Perusing the web this morning to find pictures of later sprites, I came across a beautiful one for sale for $5500 on the NY side of the Lake. Hull number 102. Mine is 110 and I know that 115 is on the VT side of Champlain. It just seems odd that so many early sprites are either on that small lake or were recently removed from it (Like Flirt).. but it is also true that shipwrecks in the lake look almost like you could raise them and sail again, even if they have been sitting on the bottom for more than 200 years. I wonder how many other Sea Sprite 23s are home ported on Lake Champlain?

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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  1. Ed Hamilton says

    Roxy 23 weekender 1968? is in Shelburne Bay
    How do you find the hull #?

    • I went by the sail numbers. Looking at the Sea Sprite association’s Fleet logs, puts 110 right in the middle of 1963 (when she was built) and the mainsail has “110” sewn right into it at the top along with the Sea Sprite Logo. Between those two things, I am reasonably sure Flirt is SS 110. This makes her the 20th Sprite built as they skipped 11 through 100

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