Randy, the search continues for the "perfect boat". Found an older E29 with some spots on the deck that are soft. That doesn't scare me quite as bad when compared to the E29T I found previously with a crack in the keel.
Are you going to be at DIR this year? We were at Buccaneers’ last year and may stay there again this year. We finished second in class due to bad choices made by our Skipper (me) I flew an old 150 that didn’t shape well, after checking the GPS track and tack angles over 100 degrees I retired the sail. This year my newer 155 is it up to 18 knots of real wind. If you race the 29 you will need to be prepared to reef the main.
I was in that Dauphin Island race last year! I stayed with some friends in Fairhope and I sailed on a Tartan 31 with a guy by the name of Jack Avery I think. They shortened the course for a Sunday race. We won our division, it was a blast.
I was told by a few people that the E29 does sail real well on contradiction to her design. I will miss that 25 feet of waterline I had with the Morgan.
the E29 tall rig points fairly well, not quite as high as a catalina 25 or 22 but she will run with them in 12 knots of wind and above. The Jib tracks being on the rail don't giove the highest point but If you play speed and angle well you can run well within your handicap. I race Portsmouth around a 90 handicap of devide time by .90 to get corrected time. Off the east coast of Fl you should do well.
Last year at Mobile Bay Dauphin Island race I finished second in class in a 4 hr race 17 minutes behind first. the year before I was third in class and 6 min behing first place. each year a local pearson 28 has been first and I plan to not let that happen this year.