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Keith Wilson
06-07-2005, 05:30 PM
One of the good folks at the Minnesota Messabout took this picture of my little boat, so I figured I'd post it. The picture hides almost all the flaws; it's delightful! (It's not the red one) ;)


There are a bunch more pictures here (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/paxton_consulting/album?.dir=f462&.src=ph); lots of nice boats including a Caledonia Yawl that makes me positively drool.

[ 06-07-2005, 06:31 PM: Message edited by: Keith Wilson ]

L.W. Baxter
06-07-2005, 05:36 PM
Say, that is flawless! :D

verra nice, verra nice...

06-07-2005, 05:42 PM

Wayne Jeffers
06-07-2005, 08:34 PM
Okay, am I the only one getting the red X instead of the photo?



Wayne Jeffers
06-07-2005, 09:10 PM
I found it by looking through all the photos in the album Keith linked to. The Bolger Cartopper.


Nice looking boat, Keith! What mods did you make?

Did Bolger design it with that many strakes?


Keith Wilson
06-07-2005, 11:46 PM
Damn, now I'm getting the red X too. Well, you can see it here. (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/paxton_consulting/detail?.dir=f462&.dnm=5586.jpg&.src=ph)

Modifications: the Cartopper is a five-panel taped-seam boat based on a traditional dory skiff. I retained the shape of the bottom panel, the shape of the sheer, and the shape of the underwater appendages. I rounded the sides, built it plywood lapstrake instead of stitch and glue, and redesigned the centerboard and all the interior furniture. There’s a moveable thwart that goes forward for rowing and farther aft for sailing, as well as side benches for when the wind picks up. I kept the same rig, but made a hollow birdsmouth mast. I had no idea if it would even float right side up, honestly, but since I was going back to something very like a dory skiff, I wasn’t too worried, and it sails just about like the original. The only significant problem is that I built it a bit too light; it really needs either thicker gunwales or a big midships frame like a Nutshell. It flexes too much under sail and puts a lot of strain on the gunwales and the ends of the planks at the transom. Bolger would probably think the whole project was an exercise in unecessary complication. He might be right.

[ 06-08-2005, 12:49 AM: Message edited by: Keith Wilson ]

Wild Wassa
06-08-2005, 02:20 AM
Keep messingabout then, if it is that good. The breakfast in the cafe looked cool. Top photographs, thankyou Skipper.

Caledonia Yawls are drool machines ... they go too.


[ 06-08-2005, 03:32 AM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

Dave R
06-08-2005, 08:42 AM
Keith, your boat is indeed very nice. It was kind of fun sailing behind you from the dock. Pretty speedy even in that light air.


Peter Malcolm Jardine
06-08-2005, 11:59 AM
:cool: :cool:

Bruce Taylor
06-08-2005, 03:51 PM
Prettiest Bolger cartopper I've ever seen! What a treat.

06-08-2005, 03:54 PM
Good grief. First Wayne North can't see it. Now Wayne South can't see it.

Bummer. No worries, I saw it yesterday.

Originally posted by Wild Wassa:
...Caledonia Yawls are drool machines ... they go too.

Warren.I gotta say, it was tough seeing Akimbo without Prairie Islander

In the Swamp. :D

[ 06-08-2005, 04:56 PM: Message edited by: Venchka ]

Keith Wilson
06-08-2005, 04:19 PM
I know; that was a sad loss. I had really looked forward to meeting Norm in person and seing his lovely boat. :(

Akimbo is a really fine boat. I particularly like that laminated motor bracket that looks like it grew out of the hull.