Last Friday's lovely outing has resurrected (in my mind at least,)
the Jumbo Scooner. I've been pouring over Parker's "Sharpie Book" and
"New Cold Molding", as well as BWOM to get a line on just how such a
beast might come together. I'm also solidifying just what
characteristics I want, and what characteristics I would give up.
One the must have side:
She must be beautiful. Not "once you understand the concept
beautiful," but flat out "Wow! what a gorgeous boat beautiful." For
me that means shippy with lots of canvas.
She must be affordable, and I finally think I understand what that
means with respect to my families resources: No one step in the
building process can cost more than a few hundred bucks. As long as I
can keep the construction and make satisfying progress on $250 trips
to The Despot, the project won't bog down. If it doesn't get bogged
down, it will get finished.
She must be shoal draft. The most important factor in enjoying a boat
is using it and using it a lot. A friend lived about a 28 foot
fin-keeled sloop anchored in the deep part of the lake, but never
once took her for a sail. You could day sail a 50 foot sharpie in
Lake Montauk and it would be a nice day on the water.
She should provide "car camping comfort." for me and my family. That
means standing headroom in the galley, a comfortable place to sit
inside, a cozy place to sleep, Colman stove and lanterns.
One the don't need side:
She needn't go offshore, or even out of sight of land. There must be
1000 miles of inside water within a 200 mile radius of Montauk, all
filled with birds, fish, crabs, lobster, oysters, clams. I may need
to go offshore (someday,) but this boat need not.
She may not need a motor. No motor means no registration and that's
just fine with me. There must be a way to uses a motorized tender
(Junebug? Diablo?) as a tug when the need for a motor arises and snub
She need not be trailerable. Enough said.
Does all of this add up to a 47 foot L.O.D. scooner? It would
certainly be a beautiful boat. Bolger's larger schooner rigs suggest
that rigging would scale up, and Parker's "Sharpie" book offers a
rough idea of what the scantlings should be. If we raise the boom on
the mainsail by a foot, the aft area makes generous galley/lounge
with standing room to spare. The forward area would sleep four
(although we're only three without employing any cleverness. The
40"x120" inch dagger board is unworkable. Split into two 40"x60"
bilgeboards, it's still more of a headache than I want.
Yes, I've seen the Breakdown Schooner. Ingenious, but it just doesn't
call out to me. Maybe all it needs is a bowsprit and a double
headsail arrangement. ;-)
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