View Full Version : Is this a Town Class Sloop?(pic)
08-07-2002, 07:55 PM
I took this picture at the WoodenBoat Show and I've had some inquiries about it.
Is it a Town Class sloop? Lowell's Boat Shop?
Steven and John
[ 08-07-2002, 09:54 PM: Message edited by: Steven.Bauer ]
08-08-2002, 08:07 AM
Without measurements can only go by looks.
Looks like one.
Enjoy. Great boat.
08-08-2002, 08:51 AM
Yes, that's almost certainly a Townie, although most don't have a roller-furling jib. It's a lot prettier than the one in my garage with the deck removed. Here's the builder's website:
Pert Lowell Co. (http://www.pertlowell.com/home.html)
08-08-2002, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the info.
Now, if they only sold the plans for it....
08-08-2002, 04:53 PM
Yep, the Townie is a very nice boat, and would be relatively easy to build at home. I suspect if the folks at Pert Lowell Co. drew up a good set of plans for the home builder they'd be popular, and probably wouldn't interfere much with their sales of new boats. The folks who'd plunk down $20K for a new one and the folks who want to build one in the garage aren't the same crowd at all, IMHO. The closest thing for which plans are available is probably the Alden Indian - considerably larger but still dory construction. John Gardner also has plans for a 14' sailing semi-dory in The Dory Book, I think, but it's not a pretty as the Townie
I'll probably measure mine sometime this fall once I roll it over, and draw up at least a set of hull lines so that if she ever gets beyond the point of no return I can build a duplicate. I was thinking I might have to do that now, but her problems seem repairable without too much trouble. A glued-lap plywood Townie would be a wonderful little boat, and much better for trailering than the original.
08-10-2002, 07:44 PM
My in-laws and brother both had Townies and they were very versatile. Peak up the boom on the topping lift and they can be rowed successfully... fold down the bronze 'folding traveller' and a moderate size outboard slipped over the transom will push her along nicely.
When my brother's boat finally rotted out I liberated all the bronze fittings for uses on the other boat as they wore out or broke.
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