I was going to post this in the Gypsy Video Thread below, but it's noted "Thread Closed" at the end. (Didn't know threads ever "closed" on the WBF. Some seem to go on and on for years)
I've been seriously thinking about building a Skerry kit from CLC. I've got a nice wooden Melon Seed which is a great-sailing small boat, but I find two faults with her, she leaks like a sieve unless it's moored (I have to dry sail), and I've discovered that I like "open" boats instead of small sailboats having the extensive deck of a Melon Seed.
However, that Gypsy looks fabulous under sail! Years ago, when my youngest doughter was an adolescent (now 28) I had seriously considered building a Gypsy. I even have a hand-written note from Phi Bolger regarding the boat's suitability for my intended needs.
Now, considering that I've long been very happy with my Bolger-designed Dovekie and subsequent Shearwater Yawl, I'm wondering whether to reconsider the Skerry thing.
Gypsy is every bit as good under oars as Skerry, and her transom stern will support a small motor better than Skerry would, though a motor would be at the remote edge of my intended use.
I would appreciate opinion of those here in regard to these two designs.
We have a CLC Eastport Pram for a tender towed by our Yawl, so I know how CLC boats are constructed.