I have been enjoying the "Boats of Shame" thread. It's been interesting to see how much people can neglect, or in some cases actively destroy, a boat until it is in deplorable condition.
I would like to start a new thread of what I like to call "Character" boats. These will be boats that are functioning, but a bit, or in some cases, a lot outside what most ever consider the 'norm'.
These would be boats, sailboats, obviously, because this is, after all, sailnet, whose owners or builders have their own unique slant on what a boat should look like or function like. Sailboats whose owners are very obviously mavericks and have a disregard if not a disdain for the commonplace.
As examples, I give you the following:
This is a Bolger design boat - it's moored near us in Marathon. The masts both fold down horizontally - counterweighted with lead. We saw it earlier in Elizabeth City, but didn't meet the owners until now. Their website is:
The Voyages of the WalkÃ¼re
Another we saw just North of Cocoa in November was unique: A catamaran with all the sails on the starboard hull. A dinghy
sat on the port hull and a cabin or possibly a coffin on the starboard hull. The skipper looked salty as hell and if someone had told me that he had sailed it from New Zealand, I wouldn't have doubted it.
We saw this next one anchored (maybe permanently) at the Marine Stadium south of Miami. It looks like it couldn't make up its mind whether to be a tug boat or a sailboat.
And another we see occasionally here in Marathon - I talked briefly to the skipper and he said it started out as his dinghy
and just sort of evolved into:
I've got more but I'll have to search through my photos. Possibly some of you may have seen Freddie, Freddie. Though it's not a sailboat, I feel it's unique enough to merit a place here. I'll post when I find it. The rest is up to you sailnetters.
Have at it.