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    testing

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    Trying to remember how to post a photo-
    I clicked on Insert Image icon, pasted in the flickr.com image location thing and voila!- nothing but wait... I feel lucky...

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    Now I feel like I've accomplished something today!

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    Ladies and gentlemen, please ignore this thread while I get this figured out...

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    AR=Abeking and Rasmussen?

    Interesting cabin on that boat. It could grow on you.

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    AR being the initials for Allan something True, the name of the yard that produced these boats. I think I've got the photo posting worked out.

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    A. R. True Rockets were Long Island after WWII up till the early 60's I think. Simple, lightly built centerboard sloops with no pretentions. There used to be a few at Beaton's back in the 80' on thier fourth or tenth owners, usually rescued from the back row. (AKA "Death Row".)

    Donn, any more background?

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    They were built in Amesbury Mass. There were 19', 23', and 27' designs. The one up here is a 23 footer. I wouldn't say she's lightly built. Cedar on oak with 3/4" planking, 1" x 1 1/4" frames, and 1/2" decking. Not especially overbuilt either....

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    Wow a rocket on the water! is it your boat? There is a rocket at a friends house in groveland Ma. under the trees and I have rigged the mast of a rocket as a flag pole in Newbury, but have yet to see one sail. Thanks for the photo.
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    I got it for free on Martha's Vineyard in 2000. It was a project boat with all the paint stripped off. Formerly named-TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA, now PONDER. I got a few summers in fixing it up, then came the divorce and no work got done on it. I was about to try and sell or give it away when I hit on the idea of donating it to a local community-building organization and agreed to lead the restoration. A group of us met every Wednesday night over the Summer and got her launched on Sept 1st. We kept it in the water for 3 weeks and i made sure that everyone that helped got out for a sail on Unity Pond here in Maine.

    I just got a call last week from a gent in Ipswich MA that has the 27' version. He tracked me down from this site, nice!

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    did you find her strip planking relatively sound?
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    Hello JMAC,
    I'm a brand new member of this forum as of today and the reason I joined was because I just bought my first wooden boat two days ago. It's a 1952 A.R.True Rocket and like your Rocket, it's a 23' model. I'm going out sailing with the former owner next week before I take her out of the water and get it into my garage to start the restoration. Like you, I have spoken to the 27' Rocket owner in Ipswich. He says he has some original sales literature and other technical specs. Your pics of your Rocket are great. When I get a chance I'll post some before pics of my new project.
    Steve
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    I am restoring an A. R. True dory-built sloop from a lake in the central Adirondacks in my shop (Adirondack Goodboat) in Long Lake. Sorry, I haven't taken the dimensions but it's about 12' by 5', I'd say, and it is all dory, unto the typical Amesbury stem curve. I think it's a delightful boat and in my opinion an ideal boat for these waters, where people often have a hard time with the erratic and gusty winds if they insist on sailing one-design raceboats, which can scare a person. Have never had or seen one of these True dory sailboats before. Almost entirely nail or clout-nail fastened, pine on oak, with clench nails in the laps, the dory-clips riveted. Plywood deck. I would like to see images of these boats and catalogs, any information at all really. ---Mason Smith

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