Do you realize what a gem the Mutineer is? Most of us have come to own our Mutineers because we inherited them, they were given to us by family or friends because they didnt have time for them, we found them abandoned in some field, and a few of us actually bought them. For most of us it was also our first boat, and our introduction into the great world of sailing. We took these little boats and cleaned them up, fixed them up to the best of our ability, knowledge, and budget, then we set off to learn how to sail. In some cases, mine in particular, the boats became an obsession. When I started sailing my boat I noticed that there werent many like mine around. I found the community of Mutineer owners on the Internet, and in that group a wealth of knowledge on the boat, and dinghy sailing in general. Every minute of free time was put into the boat and sailing. I was having a blast. I thank God that I have a very understanding wife that allowed me to pursue my new hobby. I am now on my sixth Mutineer. This one was given to me. It had been sitting under a tree near the lake for FIFTEEN years. With this boat I got some of the old brochures and a copy of an article from Motor Boating & Sailing.
I found this article very interesting. It was titled, Chryslers Lively Little Sailing Machine. In it the reporter, Christine Brown, was invited to test sail a Mutineer with Roy Bacon. Roy was the Chrysler National Sailboat Manager, and an international racing skipper. Christine was a reporter for the magazine, and a novice sailor. The article started with a little history about the boat and the builders. The boat was introduced in August 1971, and it was developed by the three man team of Rod MacAlpine-Downie, designer; Dick Gibbs, boat builder and sail maker; and Roy Bacon, international racing skipper. It then went on to talk about the boat. The boat was initially intended to be marketed as a beginners daysailer and trainer, but with the extensive features such as the roller-furling jib, spinnaker, foredeck launcher tube, boom vang, hiking straps, hiking stick, jib haulers, and more, this was no beginners boat. If anything, it was a racer trainer. All of these features were considered innovative, and leading edge in those days, so the fact that the basic design was never changed, and that many of the innovations are found on most of to-days racing boats says a lot about the designers. The article went on to talk about the test sail, and it shared a couple of Roy Bacons racing tips, (youll have to catch me on the race course to find out about those), but the overall consensus was that the Mutineer was a fun little boat to sail, and that it should please a variety of people.
This test sail was done in a brand new fully rigged boat. There are not a whole lot of those today, but the same holds true for our old project boats that we have resurrected from wherever we acquired them. I have come to find that it takes a special kind of sailor to take a dilapidated old, abandoned boat and carefully bring her back to life. Its a lot of work, and sometimes it gets very frustrating, but when its done, its almost like shes a part of you. I have several other boats now, from a Catalina 22 to a Sunfish, but none are as much fun to sail as my Mutineer. When I sail my other boats it feels like work, but when I sail the Mutineer, I feel like I am a part of that Lively Little Sailing Machine.
Rey Garza is the former Secretary of the Mutineer Class Association and lives in Austin Texas. He is also an original founder of the Mutineer Class Association and has served the MCA in a variety of roles.
Please share this article on your facebook pages. https://www.facebook.com/groups/254734501270353/