Re: Færing plan design chocie
Alas, neither is really the best choice if sailing is more of a primary consideration than rowing. I would choose a Tirrik over either for sailing purposes if you want a similarly sized boat of related heritage. But if it's the faering that really tugs at your heartstrings, the bigger boat is probably going to be better and safer in that big ol' Bay.
I helped a friend finish and fit out this Elf faering. It's a sweet rowboat!
I will withhold my extra passion and bombast since you already made the correct choice in abandoning the Swampscott dory. I own a Swampscott myself which never, ever gets used unless my other boat is in for maintenance and I have no other alternatives. I'd swap it for a faering in a heartbeat.
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