Greetings to all from a long time lurker. (I canít remember how many times Shane has come and gone and come again since I first started auditing this forum.) Speaking of the Wild Dingo he may see in my boat a resemblance to his beloved Elly . Now that Iíve gathered some on-line pictures of my boat and cruising grounds I figured Iíd come out of the shadows and share. Here's one to whet your appetite:
My wife and I have a small Spidsgatter (I assume thatís what she is) that we sail out of an old fashioned boat yard, David Beaton and Sons, on Northern Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. We live in Manasquan, NJ, a few blocks from the ocean. Manasquan is about 50 miles South of New York City. The boat, Sjogin, was built in Southern NJ in 1961 by a gentlemen named Gullen (sp?). If any of you can help identify the designer Iíd be most grateful. I thought she might be designed by Murray Peterson but his son Bill thought not.
She seems to be modeled on a typical clinker (lapstrake) Danish inshore fishing boat and not one of the more refined carvel types. [I]Sjogin[/] is 22í LOA, 8í Beam and draws about 2í6íí. She has a long shallow keel. Also sheís never had an engine. I carry a sweep to scull when needed. She can be seen on my Flickr web page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjogin I donít sail very far from the boat yard, mostly content to sail near the local marshes and heave to and read. [I]Sjogin[I/] has a great ability to heave to. When on the wind you can remove the tiller, leaving the jib sheet set, and she will come about and settle on the opposite tack for as long as you wish.
I keep her in commission all year long as the off season sailing is a lot better with the absence of Cigarette boats and jet skis which have ruined sailing on Summer weekends in these parts. Sheís currently out of the water for her annual refit. Some of my favorite sailing is in the Winter when the only company on the bay are Buffleheads and Mergansers. She has a small woodstove on board that came from Navigator Stove Works. There are some photos on their web site here: http://www.marinestove.com/installation_views.htm Scroll down to #10. She was also featured in the November 2004 issue of Classic Boat on marine solid fuel stoves that Forumite Andrew Craig-Bennet wrote.
There are also photos at the Flickr site of my boat yard, Beatonís, as well as photos of a Joel White Flatfish recently built by Beatonís for my Brother.
Looking forward to having some help in identifying her designer.
[ 08-15-2005, 03:35 PM: Message edited by: Russ Manheimer ]