The only sailing photos I have were taken before the square rigging arrived, too bad. I say arrived because we didn’t build the yards and their rigging as we did the rest. The designer, Jay Benford, at the time owned a (the only as far as I know) sistership “Sunrise” and was in the process of changing to a “great pyramid rig” that made his yards and square sails surplus, so we were able to buy them as a package and they were fitted a few months after the rest.
In order to be chronologically correct I will show the pre-square rig photos first. These two pics are Smaug under fore and aft sails plying the waters of Quatsino sound just off our dock in Coal Harbour. In the first she’s just ghosting along and in the second there’s a bit of breeze. What is immediately obvious when you sail on her is that she is a big strong heavy boat. She doesn’t ride up and down the waves, she plows right through them like a tank.
Here she’s tied up at the fishermans’ dock in Coal Harbour getting her squares bent on. Neil, the owner used to say that while most sailors these days want to be able to control all the lines from the cockpit, he was happy if he could handle most of them from the deck. You only had to go aloft to secure or shake out the topsail.
This one is about 15 years later as Smaug arrives in Victoria to participate in the annual “Classic Boat Festival”. She was still owned by the original owner.
In the last photo for this blog, I get a turn at the helm in the “Schooner Classic” race for gaff riggers at the Classic Boat Festival. This late summer event is often, as shown, a rather windless affair but it was fun to see her again.
Well folks, that about wraps up the “How to build a carvel planked sailboat” class. If any of you are still interested, I could go on to cold molded, classic plywood, or stitch and glue construction. I do have a lot of old photos.
Thanks for bearing with me and my sometimes over-technical rantings and thanks for enjoying the show. If you had as much fun with it as I did then my job is done.
Until next time
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/