Saturday, December 5, 2009
Ed Monk Knockabout; Lively
Lively came home with Doryman today. She's a 15.5 foot Ed Monk design, built by my good friend Rick Johnson. Rick is a local shipwright and one of my heroes. He's been a professional shipwright or self employed independent boat builder all his life, which is a labor of love, since there is no money in it!
Rick built Lively for his own use and Doryman has had his eye on this little V bottom sailing skiff for a few years now.
Ed Monk is better known for his cabin cruisers, but the head shipwright for Blanchard Boat Works had a way with a simple, efficient design and this skiff is a good example. A breeze to sail, easy to row and, with a 1/4 inch stainless plate centerboard, very stable.
Here in the Pacific Northwest a hearty sailor can sail all year around, so you'll be hearing more about Lively soon.
Today was fine sailing weather. Full, bright sunshine and ten degrees above freezing.
Sorry, no photos under sail from today (you know how hard it is to take a picture of your own boat with sails drawing!) But here's a photo from John Kohnen of Lively offering boat rides for kids at the Toledo Wooden Boat Show.
(That's Rick, featured on last year's boat show poster).