Thursday, November 15, 2018

ALCORT ALC-12 Sunfish and Catfish Trailer

15 Nov 18:

Alcort sold a nice trailer to carry, Sunfish, Sailfish and adaptable for the Catfish. Bow stop, double padded bunks, cold roll tubular beam, twin leaf springs, 4.80x8 inch tires tail lights, stern roller, 500 pound capacity. The designation was ALC-12, and nowadays Trailex sells a trailer that is very similar. Prices ran from $129-142 USD.

They also sold spar bags and boat covers.

Sorg 15 Runabout WILLOW 28 Oct 18 Low Tide

28 OCT 18:

Nice morning, light wind, warm temp, thought we'd take our Sorg 15 Runabout WILLOW out for a bit. Dropped the lift, hmmm, we had to give her a shove to get clear of the cradle, tide was down pretty low. The cradle bunks need 10 inches and WILLOW draws 8 inches, not much water in the bay. We motored out for a few minutes and decided we should check the tide charts on our smartphone. Ooops, tide was still going out and would be down almost another foot over the next few hours. So we made a U turn and returned to the beach. Skipper stepped out and she used the bow line to walk WILLOW back out the the lift, pretty as you please. She did put her coffee cup down though. We gave WILLOW a tug and got her back on the bunks, raised the lift, headed off to launch the Penobscot.

Log of WILLOW.

Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES 28 Oct 18 Sculling and Salvage Ops

28 Oct 18:

Went out in ST. JACQUES for a little exercise, light wind so we planned to row a bit against the ebb tide and then catch a ride back to the dock. Sail a bit if the wind picked up. Skipper found out she could scull with the rudder and make about 2 knots. Also a good test for the new tiller design, it held up great.

We used the padook to clear the groins, I rowed a bit, Skipper sculled, then I rowed back with a little wind on the top of the brailed sail. On the way back we spotted a few snags that were hazards to navigation, dock and seawall boards and knocked loose by Hurricane Michael, so we grabbed them with with the padook and brought them to shore. ST. JACQUES first marine salvage operation!

Miles rowed 1.5/Total 13.25


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


13 Nov 18:

We are toying with ideas for a kid's rowboat, an expedition vehicle that would fit in the back of a pickup or on a small trailer. 8 feet, stations for oars and a square rig. Arrrrrrrrrrr!!

One candidate so far is Sam Rabl's Midge. Her name will be BLUFF RATTY.

Image credit: Rabl

Rabl, S. S. 2013. Boatbuilding in your own backyard. [Brattleboro, Vt.]: Echo Point Books & Media.


13 Nov 18:

SWEET DREAMS, another Penobscot 14, out to visit last year. John S. did a great job building here and she sports an nice balanced lug

Monday, November 12, 2018

Yachts by Herreshoff Photo Book

12 Nov 18:

We acquired a nice book recently, Yachts by Herreshoff, published in 1935 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Great photos and lots of information on designs past. Here are a few of the images, with credit to HMCo.


Herreshoff Co. 1934. Yachts by Herreshoff. Bristol (R I): Herreshoff.