Thanks for your historical grounding on sharpies Jeff. I''m interested in a seaworthy variation on the sharpie theme. Ted Brewer advertises his "Egret" design as being capable of blue water passages. It is certainly not a true sharpie with deadrise fore and aft, as well as a shallow ballast keel supporting tandem centerboards, but at 44 feet she is quite shoal with a draft of 3 feet. Scaled down to 35'' this boat would be drawing less than 2 1/2 feet, boards up.
My present boat is a self-designed and built plywood sharpie type, 22'' LOA and 4'' beam, steel centerboard, with lug sails in a cat-schooner (periauger) configuration. She is very fast with a stiff breeze on the beam, but would be better balanced as a cat-ketch.
I would like to hear more from anyone with experience with this type of boat. Has anyone crossed the Gulf Stream in a Herreshoff "Meadowlark"?