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Old 01-24-2010
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"Character' Boats

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 Walküre

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.
Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry

"A sailboat is a fickle mistress. You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her. What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry

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Ref Cats, one gets the feeling that most if not all Wharram devotees are off the planet but like the Bolger lovers (you have to be a cold and callous soul not to love Bolger and all he stood for I reckon) god love 'em for taking that less travelled road.

gtw..ref your sig....coming back up the coast from Jervis Bay earlier this month our vang carried away when the shackle came adrift. Would you believe however that not only did the shackle land safely on deck so did the errant pin. Now that has to be a first.
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Larry/ Sue...are you in Marathon Key. My wife and I just were there at Cocoplum.

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Here are a couple from last summer.

Saw this sailing/rowing through Desolation Sound, BC. Didn't get to talk to them but it looked like the hull was a very thin material that the sunlight went right through and there were seats at both ends for the rowers.

This one went by us when we were anchored in Nanaimo, BC and I barely had time to grab the camera. Not sure what the box is, the bow was squared off just like the stern.

Also in Nanaimo, traditional junk, not seen very often in the PNW.

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The junk you posted, John, is an Alan Farrell boat, he was well known in these parts for this and other designs, most notably his own China Cloud.

Here's a link to a book review of his story:

Sailing Back In Time: Allen Farrell, dedicated to Millie Illin

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