Wilbur Larch sailing off Port Townsend. Photo courtesy of The Doryman‘s Flickr.
This most recent Harrier is Andy McConkey’s Wilbur Larch.
Andy got right to it and built his boat in just a few months.
Wilbur Larch has a centerboard instead of the daggerboard used on Ran Tan. Note the steam bent ribs, similar to Ran Tan. This is my favorite way to lay out an open boat. Combining glued-lap planks and riveted ribs, you get the reliable trailerability of glued-lap with a traditional look. It also makes it possible to build a proper, traditional interior with open gunnels and a proper seat-stringer.
Andy chose the same high-peaked standing-lug rig Ben Fuller used on Ran Tan. He built his own hollow wooden spars instead of carbon fiber.
Wilbur Larch in beach-cruiser heaven!
Dockside for this year’s Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.
Andy can be reached at:
fishbag at methownet dot com
Andy started a thread at the WoodenBoat Forum.