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Since the decision in 1976 to remove the Tempest from the Olympics, the class has struggled in the United States. Most of the boats still being raced or sailed are 30 to 40 years old and in need of rebuilding. Fortunately, the boats made by Mader and Plastrend, to name just two builders, were very well made. If properly rebuilt, these boats have lots of years of use left in them. USITA Long Beach has taken advantage of this situation and purchased six older Tempests at a very reasonable cost. Three have been rebuilt and are being actively raced in regattas hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) in Long Beach, California. The other three are in various stages of being rebuilt.
The USITA Long Beach rebuilding program is attracting a lot of attention from members of ABYC, the home club for the fleet and other Tempest owners. Because the boats were so well constructed, the cost of rebuilding a Tempest has always been relatively easy to justify. The only drawback has been the lack of an active racing fleet. As soon as at least four Tempests at ABYC are in the water, fleet racing will begin in earnest, and this should act as a catalyst to further growth of the class in the United States.
Not everyone who wants to rebuild a Tempest has the skills, time or knowledge needed for every aspect of the project. Fortunately, USITA Long Beach fleet members have been working on boats for years and have all of the knowledge and resources needed to rebuild Tempests.
At this point it is important to point out that in the early 90s, the design of the Tempest was changed by modifying the interior of the cockpit and the standing rigging. The new design is referred to as the Mark II, while the older, original design is called the Mark I. All of the USITA Long Beach boats being rebuilt at this time are being rebuilt following the original, Mark I design.
Over time, parts on older Tempests wear out, break, or get lost. As part of the USITA Long Beach program, we have build molds for several fiberglass parts:
- Covers for the inspection ports in the cockpit floor
- Cover for opening to storage area below the stern deck
- Cover for the original spinnaker well forward of the mast
If you need these parts, let us know, and we will give you a price and availability.
Mast Partners and Mast Levers
In addition to the above fiberglass parts, a local machine shop can fabricate the following metal parts:
- Mast partner, Mark I design
- Mast lever, Mark I design
Again, if you need these parts, please let us know, and we will provide the price and availability.