Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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I know the melonseeds quite well, although the one that I sailed was cold molded cedar. I really enjoy sailing historic sailing craft of all eras. They are fun for their challenges and nostalgic experiences.
The Melonseeds are beautiful little boats which sail well for their period (1870's) but which will not sail anywhere near as well or be nearly as seaworthy (safe to sail) as the Laser 2. The Melonseeds are pretty tender (about like a Laser 2) but they are not self-rescuing and the Laser 2 is self-rescuing after a capsize. Also the sprit rig (someone said it was Lateen. Just for the record its not a Lateen rig; it is a sprit rig, with both a sprit yard and sprit boom.) will not provide adequate sail area in lighter conditions. These boats thrive in winds over 8 knots and under 15. Neither boat is suitable for easy rowing and so IMHO would make poor tenders.