I remember an article in woodenboat about a gauntlet class with severe nail sickness due to galvanic action. It would be worth digging out. I believe its in a woodenboat Magazine compilation book of some sort, but I might be wrong, and of course hopefully this hull
may have none of these issues. Though I think berthron may have used galvanised floors?
On the sailing at a guess from the hull
shape I think you are probably spot on. She would likely be a touch tender
at least initially, slow in stays etc. I wouldnt be too concerned about her tripping. These deep forefoots (as long as they aren't too fine)dont seem to hurt them much downwind, contrary to how it might seem. Some of the sweetest boats I have sailed downwind have had deep forefoots. It tends to drag the centre of gravity forward faster than it drags the centre of lateral resistance. So they end up wanting to go reasonably straight, though the tiller loads can get high simply because the rudder
is a big barndoor.
I think her motion in a rough sea would be very easy but she would likely roll on wet grass, at least it should be a slow roll, not remotely snappy.
I figure she would be easy to balance, but helm
loads could get high at times such as broad reaching in a seaway, when your shoulders will get a good workout.
She would probably be surprisingly fast at times. Though you shouldnt push an old boat like her..
I am not sure Id want to take on an old boat like her, and I am even more sure Id not want to take her far offshore
, but each to their own on this, and if lots of work has been done to her over the years she might still be safe offshore
. But then I like my bulletproof metal boats.
looks very unseaworthy in the pictures.
I love the woodstove, and the homeliness of those old wooden boats.