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Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Alixander Beck, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Alixander Beck
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    Alixander Beck Junior Member

    Hello,

    I am new here and I would like to introduce and ask a few questions.

    I have a BlueJay (like a wooden CL14) and while big boat sailing is a great time, I still love dinghy sailing the best. I want to add a new boat to the family but something with some really beautiful long racing lines. I have skills with wood and hand tools and have of late been restoring a 125 year old Victorian I bought. I would like to build a boat that was possible with handtools and the least relaince on modern day machines, at least where only neccessary.

    I am beginning research for the project as I would like to start next year. I want something in the 4-5 metre range that is from the early part of the 20th century. I saw a picture of an 18' from the 1930's but don't know the design. It was a centreboarder but had a fixed rudder which gave it that long beautiful stern section I love so much.

    I was wondering how I even go about finding plans for that style of boat or even the process. Do I find a design I like and then seek the plans or is it the other way around?

    I don't know much about that administrative end of a project like this nor am I too familiar with a desgin background of that era and its most prevalent designers. I do know that most everthing done by Herreshoff is absolutely beautiful. I have a desire and a dream and skills with working wood.

    I be grateful of any assistance, encouragement and adivce with this project that you all could offer.

    Thanks

    Alix
     
  2. Steven Bauer
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    Steven Bauer New Member

    Have you looked at the designs of William and John Atkin? Right time period. Lots to choose from: www.boat-links.com/Atkinco/

    Maybe something like Teach ---

    "Teach
    A 15' 6" Double-Ended V-Bottom Keel Knockabout
    By William & John Atkin
    A Vee Bottom Keel Knockabout
    The design for this month shows a most excellent little sailing boat. It has many characteristics which make it one of my favorite designs. Wrapped up in a trim little unit only 15 feet 6 inches over all. Teach is something more than the usual fair weather cockleshell. From stem to stern, keel to mast truck, this latest of the family is a tiny ship; furthermore an able one."

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    In an article about the Atkins in WoodenBoat #169, author Daniel MacNaughton had this to say about Teach: "If there is a simple boat that can offer the Herreshoff 12 1/2 some competition for the title of best small keel daysailer, Teach might be it. Her large stern deck gives a secure feeling and helps to ensure that crew weight will be kept amidships where it belongs in such a small boat, and there is a lot of useful space for seating a small crowd or cruising with a boom tent. Her double-ended character is something out of the ordinary, and combined with the long keel, ample ballast, and easily handled rig, she will be a reliable and reassuring boat to sail."

    There are lots more, I'm just partial to double enders. :)

    Steven
     
  3. byankee
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    byankee Junior Member

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