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Re: FLARED SIDES

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  • stephen@paskey.net
    ... from 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
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      --- In bolger@y..., staehpj1@h... wrote:
      > Even Bolgers's boats, as original as they are, borrow very heavily
      from 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."

      Wall-sided skiffs?

      Stephen
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