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    Default Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Saw a wonderful little cruising sharpie being towed today, maybe 16', while driving in the Loganlea-Waterford area south of Brisbane. I'd love to find out the designer. She was called Maid of Moreton, white topsides, varnished coamings, bronze portholes, vents, deck fittings. Anyone know of her? I should have tried to snap a pic through the windscreen with my phone, but that would have been unsafe, wouldn't it

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Not if you don't talk into it.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Strange coincidence, but though I never heard anything back from anyone on this, I just came across the very boat on Youtube. It was actually a Sharpie 600, designed by Bjorn Thomasson . His website is here.

    http://www.thomassondesign.com/katal...ar/sharpie-600

    Here's a few pics. It's a pocket cruiser type, but quite a nice little sharpie. It's freeboard is a bit too high for my taste, but otherwise quite lovely.







    and a video of a different boat from the build pic I think, here:


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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    That IS very nice. It sure fits that BIG little boat category. STOP posting stuff like this! Now I want one.

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Looks good, sails well and a good internal layout.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

    John Welsford

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    Quote Originally Posted by timo4352 View Post
    That IS very nice. It sure fits that BIG little boat category. STOP posting stuff like this! Now I want one.
    If you want one..................you know how to get one!!!

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Nice find.

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    Yes, a very nice little cruiser. But I'd swap the chart-table and galley side-for-side. That way you could heave-to if necessary on the starboard tack, remain the stand-on vessel, keep the galley on the downhill side while you brew up, and be yourself a little higher while you keep an eye open to weather. I've seen a couple of boats with the layout of this one and always wondered why.

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    A little research turns out it's a 20 footer. Sharpie 600.
    600 being centimeters. That explains the spaciousness.
    Still very nice though.
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    600 is well within your reach Tim...you know it!

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Sanderling was twenty feet on deck, and only seventeen on the waterline. But she had two full-length berths, trotter-boxes, a separate forepeak, galley, chart-table, and wet hanging locker, together with a large cockpit with lockers and a lazarette. Talk about spacious! You can see a few (old) photos of her here.

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    Plenty of room for the proverbial cat there!

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    Wow, I love that design! Too bad it's just a tad over my 18' parameter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoMan View Post
    Wow, I love that design! Too bad it's just a tad over my 18' parameter.
    Change your parameter.

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Quote Originally Posted by johnno View Post
    Saw a wonderful little cruising sharpie being towed today, maybe 16', while driving in the Loganlea-Waterford area south of Brisbane. I'd love to find out the designer. She was called Maid of Moreton, white topsides, varnished coamings, bronze portholes, vents, deck fittings. Anyone know of her? I should have tried to snap a pic through the windscreen with my phone, but that would have been unsafe, wouldn't it

    I know this is a very old thread now - however I have only recently noticed it so thought i would post this anyway - "Maid of Moreton" that was seen and referred to here was not any of the designs suggested in the responses. I designed and built it myself, albeit starting with a sharpie dinghy hull design called the Green Island 15. After building that boat and sailing it for a few years, I re-designed it so substantially that it bears almost no resemblance to the GI15 design. It is now not a dinghy, and is in all respects a totally different design which I put a further 2 years of research and work into.

    I wanted to create a very small pocket cruiser with small but comfortable accommodations and with real capabilities for longer passages. I designed a cabin with full decks around. With internal fixed ballast, in addition to a lifting ballasted centre board, it is self righting. The cabin is capable of sleeping 2 adults, with cooking facilities, full electrics and many features found only on much larger boats. A great deal of work went into designing and building it, with some inspiration taken from a lovely Sam Devlin design called Nancy's China.

    Before selling it - I sailed it many times to Moreton island and many miles around Moreton bay. I still occasionally see the current owner out in it from time to time. I have photos of the boat sailing, and would be happy to provide more detail if anyone is interested.

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Welcome, and thank you for updating this thread.
    I would like to see some pics of it.

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    Thanks. I have been trying to get photos uploaded but am having some trouble. First time trying to share photos. I will post them as soon as I can figure it. At the moment it is coming up with an error invalid file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgrailv View Post
    Thanks. I have been trying to get photos uploaded but am having some trouble. First time trying to share photos. I will post them as soon as I can figure it. At the moment it is coming up with an error invalid file.
    Try Postimage.
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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    There are directions around here for posting, it has to be a link, this forum won't host the pic.

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    Still having some trouble. I can only get the small thumbnail size pic to display but here is one to start with....

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Throw up some links to your pics we can help

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    A bit like David Hume's Blueberry, but all the web photos are stuck in Photobucket.
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    Sweet

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    Default Re: Mystery small cruising sharpie near Brisbane - Maid of Moreton

    Beautiful boat! Would you be able to comment on the thought process that went into the sailing rig? Do you think she would stand up to a taller rig?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoonerjay View Post
    Beautiful boat! Would you be able to comment on the thought process that went into the sailing rig? Do you think she would stand up to a taller rig?
    The rig is a Sliding Gunter rig, and with the full main up it is in fact quite a tall rig. The Sliding Gunter rig worked extremely well. Under the full main it has similar characteristics to a sloop as the yard sits up very close to the mast whareas a gaff rig lays much further aft. Reefing is very much easier as the weight of the gaff makes lowering the mainsail to the reef points just a matter of gravity. For a trailerable yacht there is the advantage that the individual spars are shorter and therefor easier to step and carry.

    Yes the boat would have stood up to a larger main and slightly taller rig, but the Sliding Gunter is a powerful rig, especially on a reach and running, and there really would be no advantage to increasing the size of the rig.

    I was in fact considering converting to a sloop so that the head sail could be a bit larger on a reefing furler, which for such a small sailboat would have obvious advantages, but I hadn't made my mind up fully on that. I tend to think it was best just left as it is.
    Last edited by mcgrailv; 08-09-2017 at 03:21 AM.

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    Lovely little boat, but does the advantage of lowering the mainsail to the reef points via gravity make up for the fact that every time you pull the sail up, you have to fight against that gravity? One would normally pull a mainsail up numerous times for every time one has to reef it.

    I do have a lot of respect for the sliding gunter rig.

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    Well, I never found it awkwardly heavy or any problem. The yard was Oregon and reasonably light. The bolt rope of the Main sail luff ran inside a groove in the yard. A very simple and relatively bullet proof rig. Another advantage is that because the mast itself is shorter - there is less possibility of it being broken and its stays do not require spreaders. I should say this was and is my only experience with this rig, so I am not sure really how it is scaled up to larger size boats.
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    Thanks for solving the mystery!
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