||27-foot New Haven Sharpie
Of all the boats in The Sharpie Book, this one probably epitomizes the
sharpie. I also feel that this is the most beautiful and fine-lined of
all the craft, having excellent proportions and form. I adapted my design
for amateur construction in plywood/epoxy from Chapelle’s Fig. 39 in American
Small Sailing Craft.
The model is a late version of the one-man, or 100-bushel boat, as
they commonly appeared in the late 1880’s and early ‘90’s. Chapelle took
the lines from an abandoned hulk in 1932 at New Haven, Ct. He stated that
she represents the most highly-developed type of one-man sharpie, and notes
that her stern was slightly lower than those of earlier models, giving
her a better shape for yachting and racing.
The boat shown in this photo was built by amateur builder Doug Zemp—his
first-time project! He added the “winter house” and jib, that I drew as
options for the boat. He wrote to say that the boat is an excellent performer
and a delight to sail!