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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

Hi Ballenas
nice to hear your hands on experience with one in a variety of weather.
I think one thing alot of folks forget about the sharpies and various other work boats once very numerous along the coasts is that they were meant to be loaded...if you read accounts from the big oyster times around the turn of the century they were quite literally hundreds of these boats in New Haven, East River Staten Island, Great South Bay etc etc doing all sorts of hauling and transporting fish and tons of oysters for the market, seed oysters and clams, salt hay for the stables ad infinitum and the ranged in size from 23 to nearly 90 feet in length. Of course not all were the New Haven style. But that basic hull performed a variety of tasks and did it well in what I suppose we would call a "coastal" role.

For instance fisherman and cord wood dealers ran loads along the south beaches into New York Harbor on a regular basis.
The rigs they use are a lesson too. sprit rigged or boomless mizzens allowed for work room and let wind spill when spill it must, :Efficiency in a sail is properly determined by the purposes to which it is applied so in that sense many of the older rigs were in fact quite perfect for what they were doing, and since cotton or canvas was the primary material, the larger rather low aspect arrangements were a sensible approach. There are others such as the working boats intolerance of sail changes when too much sail could be easily accommodated by taking a reef. Anyway I love the history of the work boats and think they still have some lessons to teach the boating industry of today ....Simplify simplify....
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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

gotta wonder if they surfed them onto the shores?
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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

I saw some pictures of New Haven Harbor back in the day with alot of sailcraft and sharpies spread out along the flats. it looked to be as if they hauled em em partially onto the marsh and tied them to stakes.

There used to be a variety of interesting ways to keep boats back then....Block Island had a "Pole Harbor" along Crescent Beach which were literally hundreds of poles rigged with block and tackle that they used to haul the boats above tide level it must have been a bit more complicated than simple poles...but I do recall reading that the pole harbor was finally wiped out after the 38 hurricane. (I suspect the fishing was pretty down by then anyway)
sorry if I hijacked....I think sharpies would be pretty quick to get pooped coming into a beach?????
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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

there is so little weight compared to reserve buoyancy, they easily rise to a wave.
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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

Well I dunno about most other sailors, but I do get excited by sharpies. I have developed what might be called a little obsession with them. I've read Reuel Parker's sharpie book twice over the past couple months and currently am about halfway through it for the third time. I have resolved that to build a Parker Terrapin 25 or something very similar is officially on my bucket list.

As far as cost of keeping one in a slip - it seems to me one of the beauties of a 25 or even up to 30-foot sharpie as compared to a similarly-sized keelboat is the ability for it to live on a trailer.

Sure, it doesn't have all the creature comforts of a modern GRP boat, but I am sincere and honest when I say I actually like a very simple boat - my current boat is a 1968 Pearson Wanderer, and aside from the Garmin GPS chartplotter and the VHF radio, it has zero electronics. No cabin heat, no A/C, no water heater, no flush toilet with holding tank (it has a composting head) not even an electric pump for my galley sink. And my goal for my "next boat" is something simpler. See, it turns out my wife is not a huge sailing fan, and has even less interest in overnighting. When I do go sailing, it's usually with a sailing buddy of mine. And I don't mind "roughing it" - in fact, I really enjoy going camping and making do with just the basics. Plus simpler = fewer things to break, malfunction or just go wrong.

I guess I've got inverse "next boat syndrome". Rather than wanting to move up to a larger, fancier boat, I'm looking forward to a less-expensive boat to own and maintain, and a sharpie that can use a small outboard motor and live on a trailer when I'm not using it seems pretty well-suited. Plus I think it would be a very cool project to build one.
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Bill go for it! There was a guy up my way that was building them out of home center materials.
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These "blokes" as they say down under seem to be having a fun day.
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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

Or! build one in the basement! lol

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Re: Herreshoff's Meadowlark sharpies

Nice Video Denise. They indeed look like they are having fun!
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