It’s dawned on me that it might be helpful to have a place where people interested in my designs could discuss them; where people building one of these boats could share their experiences; and where I could chime in with advice and commentary.
This is a cartoon for a design that’s been long percolating. It all started with this sketch:
I recently received this plea:
My father was a sailor, a pretty good boat-builder, and generally loved messing about in boats. At some point he read in Wooden Boat about the Harrier, acquired the plans for it and started to build the boat in his basement. Unfortunately, he passed away in March at the age of 95, with a far-from complete Harrier partially planked in the lower level of his house in Western New York.
The 32’Schooner Boat is as small as we could go with this type and have it retain any practicality. At 48′ LBP, this cartoon is of a larger craft. Considering that boats gain volume and therefore displacement by the cube root of their length this is a significantly larger, heavier boat. This does increase utility and seaworthiness. At the expense of cost and overall handiness.
The Schooner Boat has grown a few inches longer and a little deeper. Most of the changes have been a refinement of the form. Proportions and shapes adjusted to unify the whole. Each part of a boat has to do different things. Early on it’s good to focus-in piece by piece. Looking at the midsection, the forebody, the run, and the keel profile individually. Of course they all need to transition into each other. But as the hull form comes together there is a phase in which the transitions and their effect on the overall design become the center of focus. It’s a question of integrating the parts into a whole. If we begin smoothing everything at the start there is a superficial fairness, but no muscle underneath the skin. It takes a dynamic interplay to achieve a truly integrated form.