Doryman Melonseed. Aria has been in the wings waiting for a sail rig. The plans call for a sprit rig but since I'm the designer, an easy administrative decision was made to substitute a balanced lug sail.
Why not simply make the sprit sail I sewed last winter into a lug sail? I think it will work. But not as easy as one might imagine.
Redesign in the works, on rainy days. Stay tuned.
Dryer days mean repairs on the Sam Crocker Stone Horse, Belle Starr. I met an interesting boatbuilder a few weeks back - a fellow older than me with a more traditional training - who insisted a Stone Horse has no chine. I said it's a Stone Horse redrawn from Sam's plans to accommodate plywood construction. He insisted the chine made it some other boat. Very interesting proposition.........
Belle Starr as she looked last September. A Hulk.
Sailing season over early. Not much chine left.
Demolition left very little of the starboard side. Paul looks despondent but he's really enjoying himself.
About a month later the "A" team closed up that gap and once again, a chine emerged.
Plywood construction methods show quick progress toward healing wounds, physical and psychological.
A couple very wet months suspended that initial push but just recently the clouds miraculously parted. The freshly faired Belle Starr emerges whole again. Gotta love that beautiful chine. I think Sam would approve.
These shots are from two days ago, after some intense sanding and fairing.
She's not finished by a long shot.
But it's a great relief to have gotten this far.
I believe this is one of Sam Crocker's drawings, but I'm not sure which boat. Looks suspiciously familiar though, doesn't it?