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Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 07:50 AM

Joe (SoCal)
11-28-2015, 07:59 AM
It's lovely and one of my favorite designs.

But .... if I was was gonna get picky I would wish for more of a real cabin, something you could weekend comfortably in, maybe a little woodburning stove and a bunk, just a slight more headroom, an extra portlight and give up a little cockpit.

I know sometimes I feel like there is just no pleasing me :)

Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 08:05 AM

Joe (SoCal)
11-28-2015, 08:12 AM
Way better :D

But getting picky again ;), why is it I always feel a clipper bow on a small boat looks overdone. Kinda like people putting a Rolls Royce grill on a VW.

Joe (SoCal)
11-28-2015, 08:20 AM
I guess what I really want is a Bristol Channel Cutter :)

Gaff rigged of course. :D


11-28-2015, 08:41 AM
I know that the boat in the OP was designed as a fishing boat, but what is the purpose of the big-arsed cleats along the coaming?

I like that boat.

Mickey Lake

Jim Mahan
11-28-2015, 09:11 AM
Oh that is nice, the OP. The only difference between her and my boat is the hatch. Mine has a hinged hatch atop and the bulkhead is unbroken. I also don't have a boom crutch or the nice sail covers, otherwise it's the same. Nice to see in white. It really should be twenty-five feet with a real cabin, and some more deck space wouldn't hurt either.

Ted Hoppe
11-28-2015, 11:22 AM
We took out Vectus last week. We managed to use a reacher instead of double staysails with the help of twangs. The boat got to 7.5kts in 12 apparent not bad for a 12 ton boat. We realized be had been under sailing her for many years. Here she is in 1930s sailing more like a Bristol Cutter.


A recent photo...


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 11:25 AM
that's a chunk of a boat there ted

11-28-2015, 11:38 AM
I've never sailed a Friendship sloop, but I'm expecting them to have a "big boat" feel. Do they, or are they lively?

Ted Hoppe
11-28-2015, 11:42 AM
that's a chunk of a boat there ted

Paul - she is a terrific boat. all NZ kauri wood pulled from a mineral swamp- an estimated age of 50,000 years. Planks are nearly 2" think in most places. Frankly nothing live likes to stick on her because of the hardness. moreover the keel is 5' and 12" wide at the bottom. she can nearly sit on herself without stands. The boat could be outfitted this week to sail home across the pacific. A while back we hit a old pylon while underway (around Sausalito). We slammed into it shattering the half rotted sea stick into splinters. Our damage - We just buffed out the scratches and painted. Nothing else was needed. Most every other boat I know of her size would have been holed or lost.

I like her a lot. I'd be tempted to return her to her 1928 original build although the doghouse was added by Woollacott himself.

Jim Mahan
11-28-2015, 12:32 PM
I've never sailed a Friendship sloop, but I'm expecting them to have a "big boat" feel. Do they, or are they lively?

Mine is Bolger's Monhegan 18' on deck, has eleven hundred pounds of scrap iron in concrete for ballast and displaces thirty-five hundred pounds, with a full keel, wine-glass hull section. I like how she sails but, alas, I don't have the sailing experience to compare to anything.

Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:32 PM
my current desktop background


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:36 PM
Araminta is the only one to get away with it.

there's others

Peggy Bawn



Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:37 PM


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:38 PM


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:39 PM


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 01:41 PM
2 from New Zealand





11-28-2015, 03:06 PM

Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 03:12 PM
big ti!

John Meachen
11-28-2015, 03:27 PM
There is a gap between Araminta and big Ti-nicely occupied by Bounty.


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 03:32 PM
also mobjack


Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 03:33 PM
and neria at 36'



Michael D. Storey
11-28-2015, 03:47 PM
One of your very best threds, Captain Plessner

Paul Pless
11-28-2015, 03:57 PM
Chantier Stagnol