Thought I would finish out 2016 with a few more of the endlessly interesting boats that wander by our Stuart lodgings:
On the left, a normal looking but quite interesting little Albin 34 AC. A bit disguised by the fly bridge and aft enclosure, but this is actually a powerboat with a center cockpit and an aft cabin. I always thought it was a great idea that could have been used well on slightly larger boats. Huckins made a few aft cabin 58i’s that were very cool. Middle is a truly homely, angular, home-built power cat. God bless those people who spurn mass-produced boats and spend years building their dreams. On the right is a WAY COOL tugboat-style motor yacht. Very powerful sheer line, gracefully curved stern, note the dry exhaust stack. Unstoppable and admirable.
On the left, a wooden Chesapeake bay boat converted to cocktail cruiser. It is owned by Jim Bishop, a member of the Conanicut YC, who uses it to host parties ion RI and in Palm Beach where he spends the winter. Cool boat. Center is a DeFever Trawler style yacht cocooned in more canvas than I’ve ever seen – foredeck awning, entire fly bridge covered, and cockpit awning. Can you imagine the flapping noises in a harsh breeze? Or trying to clean seagull bombs off it?
On the right is a massive sport fish. Maybe it makes sense if the boat travels down to Costa Rica and up to Montauk regularly, but I think many of the behemoths are just testaments to the owner’s ego. The size can be judged by the tiny guy looking aft from the top control station about 25 feet above the water.
On the left, finally a sailboat! This is a rare surviving example of a junk-rigged schooner designed by a wonderful naval architect named Tom Colvin. Most were home-made of wood and have long turned into fire wood, but this one is made of aluminum and appears to be going strong. The junk-rig was very easy to manage and worked fine downwind and reaching. Patience needed to weather. Center sailboat is a top-tier Hinckley designed by Jim McCurdy of McCurdy & Rhodes. He lived next to the Cold Spring harbor Beach Club and penned many lovely, accomplished cruising and racing sailboats. This one is quite pretty but I have heard the Hinckleys he designed in the 50 foot range performed, well, not so well. On the right is a boat I have noted before, but I am very fond it it since Linda and I cruised aboard one from Detroit to jamestown. It is an Albin 32+2, designed by a very clever naval architect named Terry Compton. It is a great cruising boat for its size, we had a great time in the final iteration of this model called the Albin 35 Command Bridge.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!