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    B. B. Crowninshield's Dark Harbor 17.5 built in cold-molded wood by Big Pond Boat Shop, launched in Mahone Bay about a month ago, shake-down during Chester Race Week a week ago, and now delivered to her proud new owners:

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    Whoa, baby!

    The jib controls lead under the foredeck are interesting.
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    pretty slick. any underway pics handy?

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    Mostly construction pics on their Facebook page, but also a short video of it underway. https://www.facebook.com/BigPondBoatShop/?ref=bookmarks
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    thanks. pretty boat they got there

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    That is gorgeous. There was a DH of similar size sitting outside a barn here in VT for years. I stopped in twice to ask if it was for sale & the answer was "Nope". New owners bought the place & bulldozed both the barn & the boat into a big pile & burned it. What a waste.
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    Tis a shame on several levels. Around here, barns are dismantled by recyclers. The boat would have been snatched up too.
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    Beautiful boat. I'd make two changes:

    The stainless turnbuckles desperately want to be bronze.
    And the jib furler has got to go. Maybe a classic martin furler, but that thing is bad.

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    Recycled around here also. In 1980 New Hampshire I had a couple of friends catch the start. They'd spot dying barns and offer the owner that they'd get rid of the barn at no cost to the property owner. Trucked it to specialty builders in Boston at a huge profit.

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    reclaimed wood can cost more than new wood. fascinating really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Tis a shame on several levels. Around here, barns are dismantled by recyclers. The boat would have been snatched up too.
    Oh - they are here too! This was a classic case of rich jerks from downcountry buying a place in VT & turning a beautiful 1850's brick house into a McMansion & pissing off everyone in town. They got untold grief from people for both the barn & boat - but he 1) didn't care about losing a few grand & 2) didn't care about what people thought of him. Oh - the barn was about 30x50 all post & beam frame in quite good condition - just too close to the house it seems.

    Of course no one in WA has ever had to deal with rich jerks coming in from states to the south...
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    Of course no one in WA has ever had to deal with rich jerks coming in from states to the south...
    My wife's cousin lived and worked in Friday Harbor for 40 years. In retirement she may have to move.
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    Pretty Michael. I now live on a nine mile by one mile lake, this would be perfect for he.

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    An interesting article or blog or whatever for Wooden Boat to do would be to find out how many of each of their plans were sold and how many ended up as built boats. Being the owner of a DH17 plan that'll likely never be built.

    the coachroof looks better with a porthole I think - but I think this build lowered it in height from the drawn one?

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    Very nice looking. It would be wonderful to have light below. Is that a deck prism in the middle of the bow?
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    Beautiful!
    Would another part to the mainsheet obviate the need for a wench on it?

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    I haven't seen any Crowninshield boat that wasn't good looking,he certainly had a good eye for a boat.

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    It would be wonderful to have light below. The entire top surface of the sliding hatch is clear plastic - ought to admit a lot of light.

    Is that a deck prism in the middle of the bow? Yes, it is.

    Would another part to the mainsheet obviate the need for a wench on it? All boats need wenches aboard...
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    That mainsheet already looks like it's well into the realm of being a pain in the ass it's so long.
    The winch is probably only used as a snubbing-drum anyway 99.5% of the time.

    Now that you mention the companionway hatch... do those tracks look too short to anyone else?
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    Yes.In addition the hatch would benefit from a cover that diverted green water before it found it's way below.

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    Methinks you should investigate methods of hatch construction suitable for sheltered-water dayboats that both eliminate the slider extensions and have waterstops built in. The do exist, they do work, and that's one of 'em.
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    There are two very similar boats tied up at the marina in Southwest Harbor, ME. Both are for sale. The smaller one (27' LOA, 21'8" LWL) based on a Herreshoff Alerion/Sadie design as redrawn by Chuck Paine is asking $175K. I will take a pic tomorrow and add it.

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    I'll look forward to seeing it, Todd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Methinks you should investigate methods of hatch construction suitable for sheltered-water dayboats that both eliminate the slider extensions and have waterstops built in. The do exist, they do work, and that's one of 'em.
    Interesting about the hatch extension. I'd have to have a closer look as I put long hatch extensions on my Elver.


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