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  1. Rousmaniere was the editor, not one of the authors, but based on a short, long ago, conversation with John, it was more of a rewriting than an edit. But the idears are the authors'. I think the real value of the book now is to educate the reader on what the important things are, especially the ones no one talks about much like ventilation.
  2. We could use a more granular description of the Chesapeake Bay scene. We all know about Annapolis (too crowded for me) calling itself the Sailing Capital, but we also have Ajax, of the Rescuing a Tartan 33 thread, recounting his struggle trying to get even a small racing program going just a short way to the north. Personally, based on 2 hour visit on scorching 100 F day, Cambridge, MD looked pretty quaint, but it's not a big time sailing town. There are lots of places that have the arty shops and coffee bars, etc when it's "in season", whenever that it locally, but shut up tighter
  3. Going to the link doesn't give much more information than the picture. I wonder if it's one of the early S2 8.0s. https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/boa/d/ulster-park-25-sail-boat/7291158321.html
  4. Bolger claimed that downdraft off the sails keeps the interior ventilated. He claimed few other unlikely things about other boats, too. It's got a lot of interior volume, but so much of it seems unusable. LIke, no place to lie down, really. I'm a curious kind of guy, so I take a chance to sail on if offered, but I have my doubts about the design's general utility, given the fairly elaborate construction for a 20' plywood canoe.
  5. There was a short period of time, maybe 1950s up to the development of cored fiberglass hulls, that plywood was the lightest way to build a sailboat. The racing rules of the time favored heavier boats since carvel construction was the norm, but a few designers were getting interested in light displacement. If was a long time before a fiberglass boat could beat Ben Seaborn's Thunderbird for low Disp/Length.
  6. Your wish list suggests Chuck Paine to me, e.g. the Annie 2. For a production boat, Mark Ellis.
  7. More reading: the books of John Kretschmer. He has more sea miles under his belt than most anyone. He makes a strong case for his favorite kinds of boat. Of course, it's still only one man's opinion.
  8. Another good book: https://www.amazon.com/Desirable-Undesirable-Characteristics-Offshore-Yachts/dp/0393337189/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Characteristics+of+sailing+yachts&qid=1616761038&s=books&sr=1-1
  9. In order for the keel to generate lift, the boat has to have forward motion. With no forward motion, the boat will drift sideways. If the hull and keel have small lateral area, the boat will drift to leeward faster than a boat with more lateral area. Racing boat designers would like the hull and keel to have minimum wetted area to get minimum drag. Any boat with a small keel will require more skilled helming than a boat with a big keel. So, for purposes of clawing off a lee shore, you want to avoid either fin keel or full keel with small area. If such a boat is stopped by a wave, it may have t
  10. Unlike many vessels, he has as much thrust astern as forward.
  11. I was rearranging a bookcase, and came across this little pamphlet from Weems & Plath, Inc. I have no recollection of how I came to possess it.
  12. Smuggler's vessel maybe, but submarine no. Not even Brit Chance would think that flat transom could be dragged through the water.
  13. I am reminded that someone, maybe Gary Hoyt, added buoyancy and anti-tippiness to a dinghy by putting a string of foam flotation along the gunnels. Something like rope floats would do. They would also act as fenders when snuggling up to the mother ship. This could make an inverted boat hard to right, OTOH, it would float better swamped.
  14. I was talking to a friend who used to have a boat delivery business. When I mentioned the question being discussed here, he immediately launched into the importance, or at least value, of being in sync with the tides between Long Island Sound and the Cape Cod Canal. I know this isn't the route being contemplated, but it is an argument for the inside route. He also said he did the Cape Ann to Portland leg non-stop.
  15. IF anyone wants a Douglas Fir mast for an Elegant Punt, let me know.
  16. On a guess, Jerome is lithe and limber with good balance.
  17. There has been research, both pro and amateur, into the properties of 'glass covered plywood. See here as an example. If you can find a results table, it may help you choose the combination of ply and epoxy/glass that you want. The late Phil Bolger often wrote that putting a sailing rig on a small boat compromised the boats qualities for rowing. Also, that it has a significant cost in dollars, time and effort. He would have approved of your decision to leave the rig off your dinghy and doing your sailing in a boat that's already sailboat. There is a school of thought, which sometim
  18. Here. And here. By the way, the canal is often officially considered to go east/west rather than north/south.
  19. I rented a Capri 18 at the marina that occupies the "Frisco Bay" on Google Earth. It was pretty much like any small marina. The boat was a dog very different from my Capri 22. I didn't get any particular impression of the town.
  20. August 2011 for a week of family reunion.
  21. They have Etchells too, if you prefer. Also J/boats.
  22. One of the more interesting boats I saw on my brief visit to Dillon.
  23. From Santa Monica looking north toward Malibu showing smoke from forest files in 2018. Not exactly the sort of picture the OP was interested in, but it really is an amazing beach despite being ruined by easy access for all.
  24. When I sailed that way with my uncle in 1968, we stopped at Biddeford Pool. We just ducked in far enough to find a protected spot to anchor for the night in good weather. My uncle and cousin did take the dink in search of something or other. Just by the way, there are some interesting magnetic anomalies in the area of Seguin Island. Not so critical in the age of GPS, and not really an issue for us back in days of compass navigation because the weather was excellent; we were bound for the Sheepscot River and could see where we were going.
  25. For the man who wants a 28' yawl, there aren't too many choices. The Tartan will sail rings around an H-28. A Nimble 30, if you can find one, might be a better choice.
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