Designs by Sam Devlin and Robert W Stephens Commentary by Mike OBrien

Devlin Boat Design

T Tere we have two easily built modified garveys, - each of strong character. Both are capable of JL JL performance that is equal, at least, to that of their stock fiberglass counterparts of fancier origin. For want of a more formal definition, garveys can be thought of as sometimes well-modeled scows that originated in the shallow bays and creeks along the Jersey Shore. Put together by different builders for different purposes, individual garveys display the considerable variety expected from...

Design by Antonio Dias Commentary by Joel White

Joel White Boat Designs

Antonio Dias designed this little cutter, Annabelle Two, for a customer who lives in Indiana and who sails on the medium-sized lakes in that area. The boat will be used for daysailing and occasional weekend cruising. Concern for the pollution of these lakes led the owner to consider an unusual auxiliary propulsion system for the boat. This handsome little vessel shows an interesting contrast between the new and the old She's old-fashioned looking, with plumb stem, round-fronted cabin, and...

Design by SS Crocker Commentary by Joel White

have a theory, difficult to prove but intriguing to think about, that the best yacht designers are able to instill some of their character traits into their designs. Nat Herreshoff, genius designer, workaholic, a demon for speed, turned out a huge body of work, meticulously designed and crafted, fast and long-lived. His son, L. Francis, was inventive, eccentric, a lover of beauty and simplicity he produced a number of beautiful and simple yachts as well as some that were more inventive than...

Designs by Karl Stambaugh and Philip C Bolger Commentary by Mike OBrien

Benford Boat Design Photos

Both Karl Stambaugh and Phil Bolger started with similar stacks of plywood and a drawer full of traditional ideas. Both came up with trailerable pocket cruisers that measure 19 feet 6 inches on deck. There the similarity ends. Stambaugh's Mist awakens memories of plywood sloops that filled the pages of Popular Whatever magazines in the years following World War II. But, in some ways, she's quite different. Many of the early-1950s hulls were designed aggressively for sheet construction. That is...

Commentary by Maynard Bray

Gaff Rig Sail Plans

Yachts designed these days for speed under sail invariably come out as a somewhat cigar-shaped hull atop a fin keel, and have a pendant-type rudder back near the after end of the waterline. They're reminiscent of the fin-keelers of 100 years ago, except they're far bigger and have a marconi instead of a gaff rig. Unquestionably, boats of this type have proven to be fast, but they're usually so damned ugly that they hold no interest for me. If I had to choose between one of those and a pretty...

Design by Dave Gerr Commentary by Joel White

Seabright Skiff Plans

The design for Summer Kyle first came to my notice in the form of a press release from Gerr Marine. While I tend to digest press releases with a considerable sprinkling of salt, anything from the board of Dave Gerr interests me, and Summer Kyle proved to be no exception. Designs from his office are usually no-nonsense, good-looking boats, with a considerable leaning toward traditional styling. A glance at the outboard profile of this design would seem to confirm this assessment. Yet there is...

Designs by William Garden and Murray Peterson Commentary by Joel White

William Garden Cutter

Tust as a painting is influenced by the artist's envi-I ronment and early training, so is the naval archi-I tect's design affected by the area in which he lives 'and the local traditions of boatbuilding. It would be difficult to imagine a South Seas proa being developed in our cold northern waters while all sailors like to go fast, most dislike being sprayed by cold water while doing it. The two designs shown here are good examples of these influences. Both are drawn by masters of their trade,...

Commentary by Mike OBrien

Ship Hull Design

Drawn by Joe Gregory in the early 1970s, these 30-foot deadrise yachts, a schooner and a ketch, share essentially the same hull design. Both of these cruising boats stem from traditional Chesapeake bateaux. The working bateaux appeared on the Bay during the late nineteenth century. Typical examples had shallow V bottoms with deadrise (the V shape) increasing forward to a sharp forefoot. Low sides swept aft from extraordinarily long longheads to substantial outboard rudders hung on flat, raked...

Design by Philip C Bolger Commentary by Mike OBrien

Phil Bolger Shivaree Plans

Maine outboard-powered lobsterboats enjoy a reputation for efficient speed, good load-carrying ability, and handsome appearance. Philip C. Bolger began drawing an evolving family of these skiffs in the 1950s. His latest thoughts appear in the 21-foot 4-inch Sometime or Never. This launch represents a stretched version of the designer's 16-foot Shivaree. The 16-footer has plenty of beam 7 feet , so Bolger simply increased the distance between mold stations from 2 feet to 2 feet 8 inches. He...

Rowing and Sailing Skiff

Iain Oughtred Sailing Boat Images

Pete Culler Commentary by the editors of WoodenBoat This skiff was designed by Pete Culler in 1976 for our neighbor, Anne Bray. The boat is intended to serve as a tender for the Brays' summer camp on a rocky island, here in Maine. Because the island has no beach or dock, the boat must be loaded and boarded over the stern, from a sloping granite ledge. This gave rise to the boat's most unusual feature The bottom aft has no skeg and is rounded up sharply to roughly match...

Designs by L Francis Herreshoff and Jay E Paris Jr Commentary by Joel White

Sailboat Design Schematic

Although Bounty and Lone Star bear a superficial likeness to each other, they are very different vessels. Designed for widely different purposes, they vary in concept, construction, and character. Bounty was designed and built in the early 1930s, Lone Star was launched in 1982 after a four-year building period. Although 50 years separate their conception, both are products of an evolving tradition that is centuries old. Bounty was designed by L. Francis Herreshoff as a full-keeled version of...

Design by Karl Stambaugh Commentary by Joel White

Paul Gartside Boat Design

Over the past few years, America has experienced a rebirth of wooden boat building. There is no question that this is true, but much of the coverage in the yachting press might lead one to think that this renaissance is limited to a few extremely elegant and expensive yachts built for those with unlimited funds and time to indulge in such hobbies. The glitz and glitter have always received more media attention than the simple and mundane yet the news is perhaps more interesting if one digs a...

Designs by Jay R Benford and Iain Oughtred Commentary by Mike OBrien

Sailboat Rigs Bolger

Back in 1976, Jay Benford sat down at his drawing table to design a small cruiser for Dick Wagner, creator and driving force behind The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. The result of Benford's labor, a preliminary study for an 18-foot centerboard canoe yawl, was published in the young designer's catalog. Its evocative sail plan soon was pinned to the walls of more than one boatshop along the coast. But, for various reasons, the little packet never was built. Fortunately for posterity, the...

Designs by Paul Gartside and Joel White Commentary by Maynard Bray

Paul Gartside Design

Jt has always seemed to me that the world of wooden boating is full of happy coincidences. Here's one I feel is important enough to share. It involves two of my favorite designers, one of whom is set up in Sidney, British Columbia, and the other right here where I live in Brooklin, Maine. Without knowing what the other was up to and working at drawing boards that were some 3,000 miles apart, Paul Gartside and Joel White created preliminary plans at almost the same time for double-ended, keel...

Designs by Albert Strange and Philip C Bolger Commentary by Mike OBrien

Paul Gartside Designs

Nearly 100 years and 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean separate the canoe yawl Wenda from the leeboard sharpie Martha fane. As might be expected, these shoal-draft cruisers differ considerably in construction and style, but they share similar purpose and a certain quality of independence. Implications of the name notwithstanding, canoe yawls are not canoes and need not be yawl rigged. Essentially, they are small centerboard cruisers with canoe sterns. The type evolved on the estuaries of...

Designs by William and John Atkin Commentary by Mike OBrien

Philip Bolger Boat Plans

When I was a boy, commercial watermen kept low-powered inboard skiffs. Summer people used outboard motors. The professionals knew that small inboards ran quieter, were more reliable, and stretched a gallon of fuel miles farther than the cranky outboards of that era. Since that time, four decades of relentless outboard motor development have rendered small inboard skiffs virtually extinct. Be that as it may, skiffs of the type shown here continue to offer some advantages. They carry their engine...

Design by Joseph H Hack Commentary by Joel White

A boat created by a designer for his own use is always very interesting and instructive. The designer is dealing with the most demanding client of all himself but also the ideal customer from the point of view of similar personal taste and design philosophy, and one with whom communication could hardly be better. If the designer in question is the president of a firm that deals almost exclusively with producing designs for tugboats and barges for use all over the world, then we must indeed be...

Designs by Weston Farmer and Howard I Chapelle Commentary by Mike OBrien

Long Narrow Displacement Boat Plans

Post-World War II America flaunted excess. Aggressively ugly automobiles serviced the ill-conceived tract houses that sprouted around nearly every city. As their contribution to this scene, boat designers or at least boat promoters contrived short, fat, and high plywood boxes that they marketed as outboard cruisers. These monstrosities ran at high speeds only on the advertising pages of boating periodicals. In real life they were slowed by any sea larger than a ripple and by totally...

Designs by Jay R Benford Commentary by Joel White

Jay Benford Design Group

Although I have never had the inclination to be a live-aboard to use a boat as my residence should the urge overcome me, I would certainly consider Jay Benford's 35-foot Packet, or his Tramp. If the Suzy Q were to be my home, she must have more space elbow room, that is, both real and psychological than the average cruising sailboat. I always loved cruising on my 35-foot Nielsen cruising cutter Northern Crown, and I was content aboard her week after week. But, when the cruise was over, I was...

Design by William Garden Commentary by Maynard Bray

Boat Stem Sides

Here is a wonderful little cruiser based on the commercial salmon trailers of the Pacific Northwest. Like her progenitors she's not speedy, but she'll have their seakindly ways. She is thoroughly practical for a crew of two at all times, with space for sleeping guests on the 6-foot double berth formed by converting the pilothouse dinette. There's a basic galley opposite the dinette, plus good steering stations below deck and on deck over the engine box. Below, forward are V-berths with an...

Plans and specifications by Fenwick Williams Commentary by the editors of Wooden Boat

Double-enders, from Viking longships to Pinky schooners and North Sea pilot cutters, have long been held in high esteem as seakeepers. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to see this remarkably small variation on a theme. If you're familiar with Fenwick Williams's 24-foot gaff yawl, you'll recognize the similarities to this fascinating little boat. And if the similarities carry through, there is considerably more boat here than meets the eye, for Williams's 24-footer is not only fast and...

Design by C Raymond Hunt Associates Commentary by Joel White

Raymond Hunt Designs

While a glance at the outboard profile gives the impression of a thoroughly up-to-date power craft, the design of Sting Ray V is more than 30 years old, for she was designed in 19621963 and built in 1964. It was in 1960 that Ray Hunt and Dick Bertram revolutionized the offshore powerboat racing scene with Moppie, beginning the era of the deep-V hull. Since that time, this hull form has been used for powercraft of all types sometimes in applications where other shapes might have served better....

Design by William Garden Commentary by Joel White

Ketch Sail Plan

Writing in Yachting magazine during the mid-1920s, Douglas P. Urry and F. Wavell Urry described three boats of their design called cogge ketches. These articles elicited a fair amount of interest among offshore cruising sailors, for the boats were handsome and oozed romance. All three boats 42 feet, 50 feet, and 65 feet LOA had round spoon bows, exaggerated sheerlines, raised poop decks, and doubly curved transoms with stern windows surmounted by large, cast-bronze stern lights of...

Design by Nelson Zimmer Commentary by Joel White

Philip Bolger Boat Plans

This little sloop by Nelson Zimmer has the feel of a real deepwater vessel, yet she is only 21 feet overall. A strong, springy sheer, a bold stem profile that just suits the V-bottom shape, a well-proportioned cabin trunk, and a good-looking, highpeaked gaff sail plan all contribute to this feeling. According to Mr. Zimmer, this design, which was drawn back in 1946, has continued to draw inquiries through the years, an indication of her wide appeal. She certainly appeals to me. I built a boat...

Design by Scott Sprague Commentary by Joel White

Stiffeners Floor Timber Vessel

This 26-foot cruising sloop, known as Al's 26, by Scott Sprague of Poulsbo, Washington, is a boat that shows the effect a particular locale can have on design. The Pacific Northwest will be her home, and the special weather patterns of that part of the world cool, with wet spells that might last a week or more are the reason for her large pilothouse and dual steering stations. The pilothouse also allows full headroom in at least part of the accommodations an unusual feature on a boat this small...

An Interclub Racing Dory

Swampscott Dory Dimensions

Alden Commentary by the editors of WoodenBoat As the refinement of the Swampscott dory type reached its zenith, the need arose to depart more distinctly from the workboat origins where rowing was as important as sailing and to develop a dory type specifically for sailing in interclub races. And, as John Alden never failed to appreciate the trends of his time, he set Sam Crocker, then in his employ, to work on a sailing dory one-design class in early 1921. The result was a...

Designs by Accumar Headwater Boats and GlenL Marine Commentary by Mike OBrien

Karl Stambaugh Boat Designs

Among traditional boatbuilding tasks, the beveling of chine logs must rank as one of the most satisfyingly pleasant operations. You sharpen your favorite plane to near perfection, and let it slice through the wood, spewing long curls. It feels fine, sounds fine, employs no unusual chemicals, and raises no dust only wood shavings and, so long as you don't eat them or set fire to them, they seem to pose no health hazards . Some of us accept plywood composite construction techniques reluctantly,...

Designs by Concordia Company Commentary by Maynard Bray

Scott Sprague Boat Designs

TAT aldo Howland has always liked practical I i things, so when there was a forced reawak-V V ening to things practical in the depressed mid-1930s, he was probably a jump or two ahead when it came to boats. Waldo was running the Concordia Company then, but that was before it became a boatyard. In 1938, Concordia was a struggling little brokerage and design office on the Fairhaven, Massachusetts, waterfront with only one or two people besides Waldo in it. But one of them was an exceptionally...

Design by George Calkins Commentary by Sam Devlin

Bartender Boat Plans

As a young boy growing up in Oregon, I had my heroes, but they weren't the ordinary movie-star type. They were the boat type, and one of them was a living legend on the Oregon coast George Calkins, designer of the renowned Bartender. The Bartender is probably George Calkins's most noteworthy contribution to boat design. As George tells it, in the 1950s his boatshop was busy building flat-bottomed plywood surf dories for use on the rough coast and bar crossings for which Oregon is famous. George...

Design by Craig V Walters Commentary by Joel White

Rudder With Endplates Principle

This 49-foot ketch is an interesting blend of old ideas and modern materials and technology. The old ideas were formulated nearly a century ago for developing seaworthy, shoal-draft cruising boats. Modern materials and technology help make the concept workable. This design is frankly based on Commodore Munroe's famous Presto design, but a number of recent developments have been incorporated both in materials and engineering that simply were not available to Munroe. The idea of lightweight but...

Design by Robert W Stephens Commentary by Mike OBrien

Here we have something different an easily trail-ered beach cruiser that should provide the thrills of high-performance sailing during the day and, yet, offer reasonably comfortable accommodations after the sea breeze fades. The fully battened mainsail catches our notice at first glance. This configuration might be common on catamarans and trimarans, but we don't often find small monohulls rigged in this manner. Designer Robert W. Stephens drew full-length battens because they can support...

Design by CW Paine Yacht Design Inc Commentary by Joel White

Js there anyone who hasn't daydreamed of owning a snappy little open powerboat something that looks great, goes fast, and makes a noise like Vroom A boat that will get you from here to there in nothing flat, and will make you feel like the Aga Khan or the Begum when you shwoosh into Northeast Harbor, or Newport, or Key West, or wherever it is you want to make a bit of a splash. Sure you have, you're just a little reluctant to admit to the showoff inside your buttoned-down self. Well, Charley,...

Design by Nat Benjamin Commentary by Joel White

Gannon amp Benjamin of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, is a boatyard of the old school dedicated to wooden vessels. Their business includes a bit of new construction, always some repair work, and the care and maintenance of a variety of wooden boats. Over the past few years there has emerged from their boatshop doors a small but steady rivulet of handsome new wooden sailing vessels, most of them designed by Nat Benjamin, one of the firm's partners. This 30-foot yawl is a fine example of the...