Re: [bolger] Commodore Munro's boats
- Peter McCorison wrote:
> I mostly lurk and learn here, but:
> For more than a decade I owned the SS Crocker ketch "Macaw" (see
> "Crocker's Boats". She is a Presto type sharpie rigged as a gaff ketch
> with a marconi mizzen. She carried lots of lead pigs in her bilge along
> the centerboard trunk.
> There's a brief note about her at the back of Gilpin's 'Good Little
> Ship'. I sold her perhaps 15 years ago.
> Macaw is supremely seaworthy. I bought her in Cape Cod, and after a
> year's adventure down the inland waterway to N.Carolina, shipped her to
> the Pacific Northwest. I sailed her there for some years (I forget
> exactly how many) in all weathers crossing the strait of Juan de Fuca
> and Georgia Strait pretty much at will.
> The gaff main was exactly right for the boat, with lots of area down low
> for light summer airs and low center of pressure for winter gales. My
> only complaint was that she was a handful to steer in strong winds aft
> of the beam. But the boat could sure take it if the helmsman could.
> I note that she's for sail in the Northwest as I write. I stumbled upon
> her from Google. Can't find it right now, but I think the boat was in
> British Columbia.
> Peter McCorison
> Orcas Island, WA
I too owned a Sam Crocker boat for a lot of years. Sailed her all
over the Chesapeake bay and once to Bermuda and back. She was a 301/2
Ft. Gull class Ketch and a really fine boat. I really don't know of
anything to say bad about her. She sailed well on all points,
comfortable and sea kindly. I have seen drawings on Macaw and she
looked to be a nice boat. That man knew his stuff.