Beacon Composites was approved by the Measurement Committee in March of 2021 and Thistle 4052 is their first boat. The hull and tanks are from the Great Midwest Yachts molds (now owned by Beacon Composites), although the tank between the centerboard trunk and the bow tank has been replaced with a custom design solid structure. This is the first Thistle made using infusion, a process now widely used in the high-end marine industry. The hull was also constructed using epoxy resin rather than polyester. Also noteworthy are the seams where the tanks meet the hull. The seams are nearly invisible due to the unique approach used to attach the tanks, resulting in strong and attractive seams. All the glass work and wood work are of the highest quality.
The boat is a white hull with grey interior and teak woodwork. Alex Venegas, the owner of Beacon Composites rigged with boat with a simple hardware configuration after consultation with many of the classes best sailors. Hardware is tip quality (Harken/Ronstan). Custom SS mounts were manufactured for the 360 degree cam cleats allowing the cleats to be flush with the centerboard cap without notching the cap.
The boat will be available for viewing and test sails at Southeast regional events. Quantum sails is providing a set of sails for demonstration use and can be purchased with the boat at a cost determined by Greg Griffin. New top and bottom covers (GPS aka Mike Gillum) can be sold with the boat at an additional cost. The boat does not currently have a trailer, but I can work with a purchaser to acquire a trailer and help with delivery.
Additional Pictures will be added shortly. The builder will be updated on the listing as soon as the Website offers the Beacon Composites Option