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Old 19-11-2010, 18:32   #1
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Well mate’s I have finally gon’ and done it as they say in The Palace! Yes, after all the procrastinations and setbacks, I have actually bought a boat—no doubt to the immense surprise of many—and probably more than one exhaustive shriek, “Thank Christ for that !!”
But it is not a Hudson Venice, which I never was able to find which was not on the West coast and to my budget, so I settled on a Down East 45 in Fort Lauderdale, just down the road. During the thanksgiving holiday it might be seen chugging up the intercoastal to Melbourne, near Cape Canaveral, trailing a whopping great British ensign. A photo is attached.
She is a ketch, (for the moment), with the fine traditional clipper bow I already have plans drawn to convert her to a powerful schooner/brigantine, which will just mean shifting the chain plates and masts, and extending the bowsprit two feet, but it’s all do-able.
She has a good 14’ beam and a nice aft cabin with head, and believe it or not, an almost full size bath tub, which will soon become a hot tub with jets, to ease my aching back after a hard day fixing things.
The motor is a good old trusty Perkins 4.236 with 6.5 Kw gen-set, along with a lot of other good stuff. She needs some TLC, (don’t they all?), but one of the best things about this boat is the price, and at $45,000 I’m not complaining.
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Old 19-11-2010, 18:37   #2
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Congrat u bludy lations......
Sweet looking boat and your plans for her sound well interesting.... Enjoy yourself..
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Old 19-11-2010, 19:32   #3
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Old 19-11-2010, 19:40   #4
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Why would you want to chop up a perfectly good ketch? Isn't that like making a sows ear out of a silk purse?
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Because I don't like the term "Hermaphrodite Ketch," which is what a ketch with yards is called. It sounds like some sort of cross dresser. So it has to first be converted to a schooner, then a Brigantine.
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Congrats about that. I'm all for square sails, having sailed as crew on a brig and a barque before. However, my interpretation is that the rig commonly called a brigantine is ACTUALLY a hermaphrodite brig. A proper brigantine has square sails on the main mast as well, but differs from a brig in that the mains'l is a bit bigger and used for more than rig ballance. Essentially, it's the foremast of a square tops'l schooner as the mainmast, with the square mast forward. And although you'd call her a hermaphrodite ketch, the square tops'l ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is quite a looker (though I still prefer brigs).



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Aloha Jolly,
Congratulations! Looks like a regular old ketch to me. Never heard of a hermaphrodite ketch unless she carries square sails somewhere that I'm not seeing.
Great engine.
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