- Dec 2, 2007Ahoy the group,
Although I'm about to speak heresy, please be kind as it's my first
I currently own a Sea Pearl with two sets of saling rigs: the old
wishbone-boomed Marconis, on sectioned aluminum masts; and wooden-
sparred lugs. My plan is to build a wooden hull for the traditional
wooden rig. Here's a quick look at my self-imposed design brief:
* Suitable for single-handing; I mostly go alone, but the grandkids are
almost at a sea-going age, so there needs to be room for a small crowd.
* Overnight or weekend accomodations; could be under a tent.
* Coastal cruising, in sometimes-lumpy water: 4-6 months of the year,
I'll be along the shores of Lake Michigan, though I have no plans for
crossings. Other times, I'll be on small Pennsylvania lakes, the
Chesapeake, or the Gulf of Mexico.
* Obviously needs to be trailerable; slip space is expensive and
becoming rare. Prefer plywood lapstrake or strip-plank.
* Shallow draft. Lake access is silting and dredging becoming difficult
for economic, political, and other reasons.
* Although I currently use oars-only for auxiliary power, would prefer
a small reliable diesel/gas engine for motorsailing or motor-only
venturing, if the boat's "too tippy" for the grandkids.
Casting about for "next build" ideas, I've developed a fondness for
some of the Atkin designs, the small, lapstrake Sea Bright skiff-based
designs in particular. I've selected four designs and bought study
plans from Pat to look into each further: Ben Bow Two, Fish Hawk,
Surprise and Sally Hyde.
Ice, snow and a heavy cold picked up from my infant granddaughter have
kept me housebound for the last several days. Putting this idle time to
use, I took lines/sail plan drawings for each of these designs and
scaled them, as accurately as PhotoShop and feeble math and nautical
design skills allow, to a scan of the Sea pearl lugs from an old Small
Boat Journal article.
Results can be seen here, along with some initial introspection:
I invite your OFF-GROUP comments; last thing I want to do is start
burning-at-the-stake for amateurishly modifiying the classic works of
these great designers. But I encourage honesty; if these ideas aren't
gonna work, then now's the time to hear that.