Re: FLARED SIDES
- --- In bolger@y..., staehpj1@h... wrote:
> Even Bolgers's boats, as original as they are, borrow very heavilyfrom others that came before. He didn't invent the sharpie after all.
*** Not only that, but Bolger apparently was not the first to design
sharpies with no flare at all.
I'm quoting here from Howard Chapelle's "Chesapeake Bay Crabbing
Skiffs," a small booklet published by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum. Chapelle describes an unusual "flattie" skiff (flat-bottomed
forward, with deadrise aft) from Smith Island, Maryland, which had
tumblehome amidships. In other words, the sheer amidships was
narrower than the chine. Some watermen thought the design, with its
very sharp chine, helped the boat get to windward in very shallow
water. (Chapelle was skeptical.)
Chapelle then adds this remark: "Because of the success of this
particular model, many watermen are convinced that flare is harmful
to speed in sailing craft and so A NUMBER OF WALL-SIDED SKIFFS HAVE
DEVELOPED; these are, in general, dangerous boats in blowing weather."