2391Re: [AtkinBoats] Re: Thistle and raised deck
- Aug 9, 2009Be careful when you hear a boat being called a "Colin Archer," that one
for sale wasn't designed or built by Colin Archer, who died in 1921. The
boat in the ad was built in 1991 and designed by somw guy named Janssen!
<sigh> Unfortunately, many double-ended boats built long after Colin
Archer's demise get described as "Colin Archers." Some of them are
Scandinavian fishing and work boats designed after Archer's death, but
incorporating some of his ideas for reforming and improving the types,
some are pleasure boats that may just _look_ kinda like a Colin Archer
double-ender, a few might be newer boats built to the old designs. Not
all double-enders are the same...
William and John Atkin acknowledge the basis for their seagoing
double-enders, but intelligently "Atkinized" their boats for better
performance. Although the Atkin double-enders aren't Colin Archer designs
(even Eric was tweaked a bit), they retain most of the seaworthiness of
the type and are more suitable for pleasure sailing than their fishing and
rescue boat ancestors.
Using hatches and/or skylights to provide a few places where you can stand
up tall and stretch is a much better idea than raising the whole deck of a
seagoing boat. One of the great writing yacht designers (Francis
Herreshoff?) wrote that all the things worth doing in the cabin of a
sailboat, you do either sitting or lying down. I can think of one thing he
missed -- pulling up your pants -- but that can be done under a hatch or
A few weeks ago I was wandering around the Charleston (Oregon) shipyard
when I was shocked to see that a beautiful old sailboat was being cut up.
I'd long admired the boat, but had hated to see it dying from neglect at
the dock (it hadn't been hauled in 20 years!). It had been sold a while
back, and I had hopes the new owner would give the girl a new life. But
there he was sawing her up! He said that while the boat was sound below
the waterline, fresh water had done so much damage to the topsides he
couldn't afford to fix her, and his conscience wouldn't let him pass her
on to another starry eyed dreamer. <sigh> We talked about the old hippy
who'd owned her, and lived aboard her for many, many years. The new owner
said, "the trouble was that Lee tried to solve a housing problem with a
sailboat." Does it make sense to build a seagoing sailboat, one that could
easily sail 'round the World, to solve a housing problem? Motorboats make
better live-aboards anyway, and used ones can be found for good prices.
On Sat, 08 Aug 2009 22:05:33 -0700, air_2_fly wrote:
> After seeing the pictures of this Colin Archer for sale:
> I think I could have a skylight or two in the center of a flush deck of
> a smaller boat. This link will not last if the boat sells, so I made
> copies of the pictures. Very nice boat. I'm getting some good ideas.
Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get
a lot of scum on the top. <Edward Abbey>
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