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Edey & Duff Stone Horse
The Stone Horse is one I''ve been eyeing seriously. As Jeff H says, they have their drawbacks compared to more modern boats but are loaded with the charm of yesteryear.
Two good sources of info about this boat: John Kretchmer did a review of it in Sailing magazine a few years ago; they''ll send you a copy if you request it. And Edey & Duff has a great booklet describing it in detail that they will also send if you ask.
I spent five hours aboard one in the area (Peconic Bay, Long Island NY) late last fall. It''s great off the wind, sluggish to windward, and has a lot of stuff to paint and varnish. I happen to like painting and varnishing, and get plenty of it with my catboat, but still think at this time of year that maybe I should get something without so much brightwork...
Aside from ease of single handing, its got a pretty shallow keel (3''6") good for the bays but ballast and the ability to stand up to the wind and waves needed for some coastal cruising. The galley was convenient enough for my host to brew up some coffee while standing with his head in the open hatch while we were beating to windward. The boats originally came with a solid fuel stove and a charlie noble, another plus from my point of view, but it seems that most owners have got rid of it and put in winches, which really don''t seem necessary.
In case you haven''t noticed, I''m still smitten with them.