Old Town Whitecap Dinghy
Old Town Whitecap dinghy, converted like
the one John Manry sailed across the
Atlantic. Tinkerbell II has full deck,
cabin, foot well, storage hatch, larger
steel CB, brass-plate tip-up rudder.
Sloop rig with mast in a tabernacle,
Ready for deck canvas, finish and
Free with a small commission, to a
cruising dreamer. Original dreamer was
going for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, from
the Gaspe to Anacosti Island and
Late Theodore Hanmer 14 foot guideboat
Guideboat, painted, 60 lbs., $4000.
Parsons 14 Guideboat - NEW
Carefully built to drawings by John Gardner at Mystic Seaport.
Laminated ribs, traditional planking, Grant-lap seams. The builder is
John Michne, co-author of Building An Adirondack Guideboat.
Two Bolger Micros
I paid only $700 for this well-built but unfinished
Micro, complete with masts and rugged custom coil-spring trailer. I
found nearly-new Lee sails for it for $400. I would sell this for my
cost plus 15%, of $1265. You have only to make the hatches, screw down
the cockpit and berth plywood, rig the rudder, make the boomkin and
sprit booms, install flotation, paint and add hardware. The bottom is
already painted with antifouling paint. I could provide a 7.5 horse
Honda outboard with low hours but not idling: needs cleaner carb, or
a new one.
This is a Bolger Micro, a trailer-sailer with a shallow ballast
keel, which gives the boat great stability and leaves the cuddy completely
clear of obstruction. I acquired this boat nearly new but without its
spars, sails, or keel, without some of its flotation, and with a companionway
and hatch not according to plan. I have built the keel, with 420 lbs
of lead in it, made a new hatch and slide, put in the flotation, provided
spars, and had Douglas Fowler make new sails.
Moreover, I put a drop-axle on the trailer, lowering
the trailer frame a full 8", so now this boat launches and retrieves
as easily and shallowly as the centerboard and leeboard Bolger sailboats
I have had. It floats on and off the trailer just before my car's rear
wheels touch the water. These boats have been built all over the world.
The sailing shot below is of a Micro sailing in South Australia. The
shot of my daughter cutting up an apple in the cabin is meant to suggest
how roomy the cabin is, with sitting headroom for tall people on two
long wide berths, ample space between, and no obstructions. Boat comes
with an 8-horse Honda 4-stroke running perfectly.The boat is now more
completely detailed than in these photos, with mahogany rub-rails and
toe-rails on the cabin and a wider, thicker side-molding. It has a brand
new eight-sided mast and newly varnished spars. I think the boat would
be a good deal at $7000, less than half the cost of building and equipping
a new one, but Bolgeristos are cheapskates and DIYers like me, and nobody
will pay that much. We like the boat so much, and use it on Lake Champlain
and Lake Ontario as well as lakes around home, it will be hard to part
with, but I'll sell it for $4000 unless I sell the unfinished one first.
I have a nice wooden Comet with new sails, newly fiberglassed bottom, and new
paint, which is serving very nicely at my family's camp -- kept at a mooring and
sailed by whoever's there, a lot. I ought to sell it just the same, to keep up
the business end of things. $2500with not-bad registered trailer that needs lights
and new tires
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