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post #11 of 23 Old 11-08-2011
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How's the Little Lady Maid of Kent?

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post #12 of 23 Old 11-09-2011
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You made a good choice to build. I would be interested in your progress. In 2012 I have plans to build William Atkins "Magpie".
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no insult taken, just different opinions.thats all.
i like the little maid of kent but i just bought the plans to paul gartside's 29' cutter. i am planning to build her like the pardeys taleisin. very simple and a true working boat.
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post #14 of 23 Old 11-14-2011
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Glad to see you back from, 'casual company'. Hold your course and
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post #15 of 23 Old 11-27-2011
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Little Maid...

I'll you scope out the area for Little Maid of Kent, if you'll
help me look for "Magpie".
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Building the Little Maid of Kent

I started building the Little Maid of Kent in November of 1973. The material I used was Steel as I was a mechanic by trade and welding was done everyday. I made the wooden form out of ruff cut oak and laid it upside down. I then laid the steel sections onto the form and welded them together. The welding took ten full days and I righted the hull and removed the form. The rest of the building was finished with the help of my three sons and the patience of my wife, in the spring of 1976 and launched the boat in Apirl 1976. The time in hours approx. 2100 and the cost at launch was $5900. The first sail outside of a engine shaft bearing being to tight went perfect and the next 4 years was the most enjoyable of my life. We sailed from Lake Michigan to Lake Ontario in all kind of weather. My crew went in the service and the boat was a little much for my wife and I so I sold it in 1980. It was a joy to sail and a joy to build.
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Cool Well, it sounds like a cool project to me.

It may take years; it may cost more than you expect; it may not bring enough on resale to pay for itself, but it is still a very cool project.

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A really pretty boat! Thanks for sharing. I love schooners.
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If you love schooners feast your eyes on this 38 ft Atkin, Winfield Lash, based on his Chantey design, I believe. I happened to come across her by chance as we both arrived early one Sunday morning at Sandy Hook, and then sailed in company up the East River, close alongside Manhattan, in a race with the joggers.

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Thanks. I saw a pretty glass schooner in Milford this fall, and rafted with a 56' cement one in Port Jeff last fall. My boat's design was originally a schooner, mine's a ketch. I sometimes think I'd convert her if I had the money.
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