This is a high performance dingy with performance characteristics similar to Thistles due to its long 14 ft boom and large main. It's PHRF rating is close to that of a J24. There is a Highlander class organization and fleets along the Great Lakes and East Coast. This boat would be a good one tp restore and bring back into competitive racing condition. Currently it is suitable as an inexpensive day sail-er and use in club fun races.
The things on the boat that will need addressing to restore it to racing condition are:
1) soft balsa core immediately behind the swing keel's trunk extending back several feet that needs re-coring,
2) the paint job looks like they rolled bottom paint on the hull and that needs to be striped off and repainted,
3) the deck could use sanding and a respray with non-skid paint,
4) there are two sizable dings on the mast below the upper most spreader bars; cheapest solution would be to cut the mast below the dings and splice a new section of extrusion onto the mast to bring it back to specs.
5) The ratchet blocks/blocks/cleats/etc. need to be reinstalled as I had taken them off thinking no one would be willing to bring this boat back into racing shape.
Then I found out these Highlanders are being raced in one design fleets and have a strong following.
Hence this ad on the chance this Highlander will find a good home.
Good points about the boat:
1) it was sailing last year (so its all there),
2) teak wood in good shape,
3) comes with sails (jib, main, spinnaker) that are in good usable condition,
4) rudder is immaculate,
5) spinner pole is perfect,
6) boom is perfect,
7) solid hull except for the section mentioned above,
8) trailer in good shape with fairly new tires and hubs.