View Full Version : Ooooh, this makes me mad.
07-19-2008, 12:15 AM
It is sad to see this everywhere I look:
I found a little info about it, it's number 183, and is quite old. One of the first made here in the US, in fact. And here it sits, a classic, rotting away.
I am *ahem* attempting to find the owner, see if he even wants it.
07-19-2008, 06:56 AM
My impression is that guys who build that kind of boat ('pocket character yachts') and enjoy the building and anticipation very much, are eventually disappointed with them as slow, tender and more trouble to launch and rig than is worthwhile. On paper they look like a fun way to be on the water but after a while, not so much.
A good learning experience perhaps, but their money and time could be invested in better designs.
07-19-2008, 08:59 AM
West Wight Potter if I'm not mistaken.
good dream fodder for a kid. When I was 8 I would have done anything to get a boat like that. Now I can just say.....um....wow.
07-19-2008, 01:52 PM
Yep. It's an early West Wight Potter P-14. There is a very strong Potter owners group in the Bay Area. If you can track down the owner and find that he/she doesn't want it, a new owner can be found easily. The photo below shows what it should look like and what it should be doing--sailing on the Bay.
If the owner wants to sell it (and you don't want to buy it yourself), post details at the West Wight Potter forum: http://bbs.trailersailor.com/forums/potter/index.cgi
07-20-2008, 12:16 AM
I am VERY familiar with Potters. I belong to that "very strong Potter owners group." ;)
Eh, but I don't have one yet, just my FJ. I know one of the founders, he's the one that brought me in.
I have contacted the folks in charge of the lake, and am *eagerly* awaiting a reply. I have also contacted relevant members of the club, and they are also interested in rescuing it.
I should add, that while you can build a Potter (I think), I have yet to see a home-built one.
Oh, John, thanks for the link. I have been having a hard time finding that one. (OK, OK,OK, I haven't been looking very hard.):o
If the price is right, I REALLY want to make it my next project. I've been told that #151 was the first Potter built in the US. #183 is not that far behind. Now if only I can convince Dad....
07-20-2008, 12:20 AM
Rbgarr, this design is actually very easy to rig and de-rig. I've been training on one while the FJ is being restored. Not all that tender, either, not with such a square bottom.;) OK, it WILL tip a bit, but it'll stop before you get wet (usually).
07-20-2008, 04:13 PM
I have a number of folks interested on Trailer Sailor. Interested in seeing ME rescue it, funny thing.:rolleyes:
That's OK, that is what I think I want. It's a great project boat, and *IF* I actually do get it, I betchya I'll be on here daily with some new crisis.:D
Thanks for the point in the right direction.
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