Here's a pic from the C&C regatta this summer in Toronto.
Redwing #19 belongs to Eric and lives on Lake Ontario. Eric bought his Redwing in March of 2007.
He says, "I was surfing Kijiji one day, and there she was. I've always liked the Redwing, and old Hinterhoellers in general. I was fairly close to getting a Hinterhoeller HR25 once, basically a 25' 'Wing."
I think one of the most interesting things about Eric's Redwing history is that his dad worked for the boat-builder George Hinterhoeller and later worked at C&C, Redwing's manufacturer.
Eric says, "My Redwing has been a live aboard boat for several years, as near as I can tell. I can't imagine living aboard her, let alone during our winters, but that's not my business. As I said, she's pretty much all original, except a couple of mods to the galley, namely the last owner cut out the ice box, and installed a little 120V fridge.
"At one time she had a furler, but it disappeared somewhere along the way. The deck gelcoat is all cracked in a lot of places, well, all over! The PO painted the deck and did a couple of soft spots. Maybe it looked good the day he did it, but all the cracks still show.
"The hull is the same. I've never seen a bottom like it. The surveyor checked it out with the mallet and the moisture indicator, and she checked out OK, 10% or less moisture. And, when I hauled her out, it was the first time in 2 years. No osmosis. Surveyor was impressed. Fiberglass was built heavy in those days! The cracks are just the gelcoat, so a sandblasting will likely be in order, followed by many coats of epoxy."
And as far as future upgrades and restoration plans, Eric's list looks to be about as long as mine. "The sails are old and pooched. I still rely on the roller boom for main reefing. The A4 runs starts and runs good, but I need to get at the idle adjustment. The electrics are a mess and are in need of a complete overhaul. Funny thing, I turned on the blower one day, and then turned on the engine room light, and the blower went off!"
Just prior to launch. Looks good eh! The blue hull was "as ordered" and hasn't been painted.