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).

8 comments:

Tweezerman said...

And how many boats .... total? A listing would be great.

michael bogoger said...

I've had that idea on my mind lately... wasn't it you who took a walk around his yard a while back with a video camera? Most of my boats are under tarps or otherwise protected from the monsoons, but I could put together a pictorial. I think there's eight boats out there... and plans to build two more.

Tweezerman said...

Very perceptive.... yep that video tour was of my "yard". Problem now is my wife says I need to sell one to get one. A pictorial would be great.

michael bogoger said...

I too have a boat yard. I get support here at home about my habit, which is no help in the restraint department.
There are so many great boats out there, and so little time!
I'll get to work on a post.

bonnie said...

Looking forward to seeing the collection!

BTW, I can't remember when I told you about Sebago sailing co-chair Jimbo's blog, but I know you'd asked when there might be another installment of Building the Matunicus Double-Ender - well, he put Part III in our club newsletter, the Blade (now the eBlade) to which you can find a link right at the top of the News & Events section at Sebago.org. It's coming along nicely!

michael bogoger said...

Thanks, Bonnie -
I was going to post today, but spent too much time reviewing the design changes I want for my new boat... sorry, the muse only stops by occasionally and must be entertained, and of course a boat builder can't be happy with a boat just as it is...
Would you ask Jim for me if he would mind me posting about his Matinicus Island Double Ender? If it's not too much trouble, thank you!

bonnie said...

Jim says sure! He also mentioned he'll be updating his blog with the newer stuff one of these days soon as well.

bonnie said...

Oh, and I think you saw it but he asked me to send along the link to his blog post where he gives the boat's history.