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    Default 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Okay not a wooden boat..but a traditionally influenced design.
    Does anyone know about fiberglass 18' Swampscott Dorys built (allegedly) in the Pacific Northwest in the early 70s?
    Supposedly Very heavy built, supposedly close to 500lbs or that's what I was told. Seems to be a few hundred more than one would think it should be.
    Sorry no pictures yet.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Could be the one Gig Harbor Boatworks used to build.

    https://www.ghboats.com/2015/07/dory070715/

    but that was 16'

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Geordie Nash built some glass Swampscotts here in the Bay Area, but they'd be fairly light as they were for performance rowing. And I think the largest was also 16'.
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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    hmm
    I guess looking here.http://www.melonseed.com/dory.html
    A 16' glass rowing model is 450lbs, so 500lbs for a 18' version seems right.
    Anyone have any experience with Swampscott Dorys? Wood or glass
    How are they for solo camp cruising and daysailing?


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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    My old 18' Chamberlain gunning dory had an underwater shape very like the Swampscott with perhaps a little less sailing ability. The type is surprisingly agile under oars or sail when light. She also has fantastic carrying capacity. When heavily laden she is easily moved at about three knots, an amiable walking pace, but hits a wall somewhere over 4 knots. These are astoundingly seaworthy boats and the more you're out in boisterous weather the safer you'll feel.

    Totally great boat for beach camping. Carry three cylindrical fenders to facilitate rolling her up a beach.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    I've had two sailing swampscotts, 19' and 16'. The 19' was beamy, with a transom stern, kind of an expanded dory skiff. She was quite seaworthy and capacious for a modest open boat.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Here' some pictures of the one I was looking at. Interestingly of all the ones I can see on the internet this has to be, in my opinion, the most fiberglassy, least traditional, dedicated modern racing sailboat looking of the bunch.
    The topsides kind of 'fill in' the sheer line
    It kind of reminds me of the chrysler marine mutineer I used to own
    It does not look like something one would sleep aboard in
    The cockpit and centerboard trunk look awfully far aft compared to most I've seen
    I know it has positive floatation
    Smallish cockpit
    huge centerboard trunk! (with footstrap)
    no benches! It's a 'sit on' rather than a sit in!!
    Where does the mast mount(the mast is wooden, it is sloop rigged)

    i kind of like the more salty looking glass ones I can see
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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    And one more
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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    That's not what I'd call a Swampscott, it should have a triangular transom and be effectively a double ender, that looks more like a dory skiff to me.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Looks like a grp version on an alden indian

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    That boat resembles a Scandinavian sailing class. I've only seen one example, at the Center for Wooden Boats, many years ago. Found it, though.

    I think it's an Oslojolle.



    https://www.sailguide.com/batfakta/oslojolle-plast

    So, not an American type at all, if I'm right.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Cool certainly the hull is looks almost identical,maybe a version? The deck and rigs looks different on the one I'm looking at. Forestay connects closer to the bow, etc.
    Here's another glass Oslo Jolle
    https://www.dba.dk/velholdt-oslo-jol...id-1025718844/

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    The deck molding also looks different, but the hull certainly looks more like an Oslojolle than a Swampscott.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    Humourousy the owner got back to me telling me it was more likely a Oslo Jolle than a swampscott dorry. So great eye and thanks! Maybe he read this thread?? However it might be leaving (going to the dump?? I don't know)today anyway . I couldn't arrange a more long distance tow vehicle till mid week.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    I've only sailed one, and it wasn't a brilliant performer. I suspect a Swampscott would be faster.

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    Default Re: 18' Glass Swampscott Dory

    So this boat is in Bellingham, on craigslist for $50
    Be careful though, the guy is really short tempered and has little patience.
    I'm coming from Canada and I had to press the guy for a handwritten receipt for the border. I was going to use my own trailer and forego his unregistered one that he claimed wasn't highway worthy anyway.

    Then today my friend whose truck I was borrowing couldn't find her passport so I couldn't get down there in time prior to an evening rehearsal back in Vancouver so I asked to postpone for tomorrow morn
    I even insured my trailer and bought some US money.
    I explained the mishap and the guy wrote back

    "I knew you were ''full of ****' "

    I replied "it's because my eyes are brown!"

    An excellent deal on a cool boat if you can avoid any timing mishaps with the loose cannon selling it.
    I think it's a second generation one. They were built with double hulls and positive flotation. Very little storage space. More of a day sailor race boat vibe.

    https://bellingham.craigslist.org/bo...754329889.html

    Maybe someone here will have better luck than me!

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