As the class was celebrating its 25th birthday in 1953, its leaders decided that it would not survive unless the boats did. The solution was the new miracle boatbuilding material, fiberglass. One of those leaders was Hoyt O. "Hop" Perry Jr., of Pequot YC, the brother of the class's 1944 National Champion, Charlotte Perry Barringer, and the father of Soling star and rules expert Dave Perry. Another was Briggs S. Cunningham, who later would win the America's Cup. Cunningham donated funds to have a fiberglass hull built by the Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. using hull No. 27, Rumour, as the plug. Once the old keel and rigging were reattached to the new glass hull, the transformed Rumour had little or no noticeable advantage over wooden boats except, of course, that its crew's socks stayed dry. By the mid-1960s, as more boats were converted and a few new ones were built, 50 boats were regularly racing on Long Island Sound and Blue Hill Bay. Thanks to an effort led by Reichhelm to have Cape Cod Shipbuilding build boats on spec, the sail numbers are now up to 150. One woodie raced in the 2008 Nationals, Silverfish. Steve White found the Perry family's old Carolina on the Hudson River with a $900 price tag, the value of the lead in her keel, and restored it at his Brooklin Boat Yard, near Blue Hill.