L.O.A. 36’ 4”
Beam 9’ 10”
Draft 1’ 11½”
Sail Area 567 sq ft
Weight 5,000# (hull, deck, houses, without spars and ballast)
Displacement 10,000# approximately
Ballast 3,500# lead & water
This model is based on the largest of the three known double-ended sharpies. The model I started from may be seen in Chapter One of The Sharpie Book, Fig. 1-20, reproduced from American Small Sailing Craft (Fig. 46). The type was used at San Juan Island in the halibut fishery there. Chapelle describes her as “a double-ended gaff-schooner sharpie of rather good model, but heavily built and ballasted and not intended for great speed.”
I believe the model lends itself perfectly as a modest cruising vessel for coastal waters, island hopping and extensive gunkholing—there could scarcely be one better for the money, labor and material that would go into building her. I gave the hull a slightly narrower bottom with slightly less rocker to lighten displacement, increase speed and add flare to the topsides. I left the sheer, rig and other proportions as they were, and designed a cruising deck and interior plan.
Since publishing plans for my 36’ version of this model, I have designed a 40’ version, 45’ version (IBIS, which I built), and now a 33’ center cockpit version.
The gaff schooner sail plan of this boat makes her powerful, versatile, safe in a much wider spectrum of weather conditions than some of the Marconi-rigged models, and guarantees that she will knock the socks right off everyone who sees her wherever she goes.
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