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    Default Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    From Colonial-period YouTube channel Townsends. Anyone know what this boat is maybe a Bolger design?

    https://youtu.be/pcOy34qn4B4

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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    Maybe a "Windsprint"?

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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    Looks like a Teal to me, a Bolger boat in Payson's "Instant Boats" book. The Windsprint is very similar, perhaps a bit longer.
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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    Looking at the study plans for Teal, that perverse rudder arrangement nails it.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    Quote Originally Posted by MattMKE View Post
    From Colonial-period YouTube channel Townsends. Anyone know what this boat is — maybe a Bolger design?

    https://youtu.be/pcOy34qn4B4
    Thanks for that--I haven't seen that channel, but looks like there are a few home-built boat features on Townsends. -- They had Bolger boats in colonial times?

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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    They had Bolger boats in colonial times?
    He compares his boat to a colonial bateau, allowing that what he has is smaller than the bateaus. Bolger describes the Teal as derived from a punt. Others might suggest sharpie. Then again, bateau is just French for boat, so who can argue?
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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    I just read the chapter at the beginning of American Small Sailing Craft where this is talked about. I guess we just don’t have good enough records and paintings/engravings to really know what the different names for boats meant or whether they were hard categories, or based on shape, size, function, or rig. Seems like all three of the French Bateau, English punt, and canoes are responsible.

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    Default Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    300 yr old plywood?

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