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    Default New boat for us: Paul Gartside's JESSIE

    Some may recall that we've been on the lookout for a 'next boat' for a while.

    Until last fall we owned a Shields class sloop, which we sold to a guy on a Missouri lake along with its trailer and our old truck. Long story, especially about the boat being towed through blizzards with the two-wheel drive truck shuddering under hill climbs and the trailer tires losing pressure....

    Then in the early spring a friend asked us to care for and if possible, sell his Boothbay Harbor One-Design (our local class) that had been built at the WB School. We sailed and showed her to potential buyers off our mooring. She sold to a young family that's thrilled to have her. They are delightfully fearless sailors, going out in all kinds of weather. All four children are home schooled and for Christmas we're putting together a workbook of the 'Getting Started in Boats' pullouts from WB for their curriculum.

    A number of years ago, Paul Gartside's client for whom he designed and built JESSIE moved from Tomales Bay in California to the Maine coast. He brought JESSIE along to use here, but after a few years decided to move back to California, leaving her here to be sold. A new owner came along (painted her in new colors) and now that he's moving onward, has sold her to us.

    We couldn't be more excited and will pick her up in two weeks.



    http://www.gartsideboats.com/custom-...esign-113.html

    How JESSIE looks now:
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    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    All four children are home schooled and for Christmas we're putting together a workbook of the 'Getting Started in Boats' pullouts from WB for their curriculum.



    We couldn't be more thrilled and will pick her up in two weeks.



    http://www.gartsideboats.com/custom-...esign-113.html

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    congrats. I very seriously looked at buying that boat a few years back. I like the new paint scheme. Is she still bright on the inside?

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    Yes she is. Varnish over the epoxied planking, frames, etc.
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    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Very nice, Dave. Congratulations.

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    Bespoke tradition. What a beautiful, classic shape.

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    Congrats, Dave. Looks like fun.

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    Wow ! Well done .
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    Looks very nice ,Dave.

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    I've been on a few Gartside boats. One friend bought the original 'Riff', and I've been on and around her a good bit. Very impressed. I suspect you've found a real keeper. Congrats!!
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    In my view, Paul Gartside is one of the best contemporary designers of traditional boats today. Congrats on acquiring a beauty!

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    Oooh, I'd missed this.

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    Nice. I like that one.
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    Finastkind.

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    How does she tow ....... with that blue towing unit in the background? / Jim

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    Very Nice.
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    Jim- To be serious, towing and trailer-launching were an important criteria in the purchase. The boat on the trailer with the spars on deck fits nicely inside an old family garage originally built for a Model A Ford, and thus small. Short spar sections are an advantage of the standing lug rig. Will likely rename the boat WREN, although no final decision yet....
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    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    What a beauty.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    Short spar sections are an advantage of the standing lug rig. Will likely rename the boat WREN, although no final decision yet....
    Did someone swap the gunter sloop rig for a standing lug?

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    I decree you that should submit her to the SRR Grand-PooBahs Review Committee for 2017. I see oarlock pads. Done.

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    Very nice

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    If you see her missing off a mooring - don't come looking for me!
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    Sweet!

    So many boats, so little time.

    Congratulations, Dave.

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    Congratulations Dave - she looks gorgeous!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darroch View Post
    Did someone swap the gunter sloop rig for a standing lug?
    Right. My mistake. Still a gunter rig. Brain freeze after hours of leaf-raking and mulching before winter freeze-up sets in.
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Very nice. i am a bit jealous. Congratulations
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    Wow! Best of luck with her.

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    Always liked the gunter rig - impressive height and luff length. Fun times ahead...

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    such a beautiful boat!
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    Oh boy this boat looks like a lot of fun. It's not hard to see design elements common to other Gartside boats. We have a similar folding gunter rigged Fulmar. I would echo your comments about the handiness of short spars, but at the same time she will probably point in a similar fashion to a Bermudan rig. In the sailing picture, Wren's yard appears very close to the mast. I'm under the impression that Gartside suggests merely knotting the halyard to the yard thus reducing the gap between the yard and the mast. On our boat the same method has been used for the last 13 years. I'll readily admit that reefing has been a bit chaotic on occasion if the knot is stubborn. I purchased one of these a couple years ago, but the idea of increasing the mast-yard gap with a harness does not appeal. Your thoughts on reefing?

    At any an rate, I hope you have many wonderful thrills on Wren.
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    Thats a cracking boat. As above, how is your spar held so close to the mast? I have seen the extra halyard through a block used to contain/snug up the yard, but its an extra line to deal with.

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    There is a strip of wood attached along the upper/forward side of the gaff that has three separated holes bored through it athwartships, one for each hoist location. Two are for reefs. The gaff is dropped and the peak halyard switched and closely knotted to the appropriate hole for the reef chosen. The gaff then snugs close up against the top of the mast regardless of which reef (or none) is put in. The cut of the sail is very important for it to set well. http://gartsideboats.myshopify.com/p...sie-design-113
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    That seems like a an excellent solution.

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    Well, whoever cut those sails did an excellent job given the set and the spar bend.

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    I agree, especially with so few panels.
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    I'm a little late finding this thread, but I thought I'd chip in that I bought a Jessie several years ago. In contrast to the original boat, my mainsail is pretty awful...baggy with no shape. The boat is not our main one so it gets used very little...not helped by the fact that I detest handling trailers. But when used, it handles very pleasantly in spite of the mainsail. I like the chuckling sound of the wavelets as the hull cuts through them. Plus there is the additional benefit of seeing that lovely shape every time I steer up our hillside driveway. You will, I think, be very please with your little boat.

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