Boat Design Quarterly No. 40 April 2012
From the Drawing Table
The boats in this issue give us ample opportunity for choice.
More than a few experienced sailors believe the 24’ Gaff Yawl, drawn by Fenwick Williams, to be among the finest of its type. Please include me in that group of admirers, and grant me some prejudice as you read the essay on page 14.
Sweet Caroline, a 20’ outboard-powered dory-skiff from Glen-L Marine, combines good looks and practicality with simple structure.
We can build Charlie Wittholz’s robust 35’ Departure ketch (or sloop or cutter) plank-on-frame or with plywood or steel or aluminum or fiberglass or with composites of this-and-that. The proven cruising boat lacks flagrant curves, but owners love its honesty.
Elf and Elfyn, two Norwegian faerings, are splendid open-water pulling boats. Iain Oughtred’s detailed plans for plywood construction will make us all appear as experienced boatbuilders.
Phil Bolger’s 21’5” camp-cruiser, Dovekie, weighs only 400 lbs. She floats in 4” of water and sails competently across shoals. Oars provide auxiliary propulsion. Sailors willing to lay aside preconception might be impressed.
Please take the following as friendly suggestion, rather than commercial digression:
Four of the designs on these pages come from the good folks at The WoodenBoat Store. Among much worthwhile boat stuff, the store makes available more than 150 different boat plans. Some, such as Joel White’s Shellback dinghy (BDQ No. 19), might sell in substantial numbers. Others, such as Fenwick Williams’ Gaff Yawl in this issue, likely remain on the shelf for some time. Even so, I hope this timeless design will be kept in stock for the common good and to the benefit of posterity.
A few years ago, after outgrowing its old home in the kitchen of the magazine’s office, the store moved to a new building. The pleasant establishment now sits on the WoodenBoat campus, just beyond the beavers’ pond and about a mile from downtown Brooklin, Maine.
When you find yourself in the neighborhood, you might visit this happy place. If you see a hiking stick (it’s not a cane) propped against the front doorframe, look for a fellow with a gray beard to be resting on the slatted bench in the corner. I’ll be poring through the latest books. If you have time, we can talk boats.
In this issue --
Sturdy 35’ ketch, sloop, or cutter
by Charles Wittholz
A 20’ outboard-powered dory-skiff
from Glen-L Marine
A 21’5” shoal-draft beach cruiser
by Philip C. Bolger
Able 24’ double-ended cruiser
by Fenwick C. Williams
A 16’6” row/sail plywood faering
from Iain Oughtred
A small (15’) Norwegian faering
by Iain Oughtred