Originally Posted by DoubleWhisky
Ironworker's boat was originally designed by John G. Hanna (creator of "Tahiti Ketch"). The name for the design was Carol. The design of "White Seal" in which Gerry Trobridge circumnavigated, was adapted for this task by his friend, and also well known boat designer
, Thomas Colvin. So I think, that numbers are O.K. - it is just a heavyweight, old style cruiser, designed to withstand everything and little more. Not to today tastes, but well proven. Cheers, Ironworker, wish You all the best
I am in Baytown, Tx at present and there is a 56' foot ketch
, the Iron Lady, recently put on the market that my lady loves. I looked it over and like much about it.
The owner is selling due to health
Were it not for the size of the boat, I would likely buy it. That is after a sail. I am a single
hander. I have put a lot of time, effort and money
in getting my O/I 41 to the point where at sea or coming into port, I can comfortably handle it alone if need be.
It would take a bunch of engineering on my part to get the Iron Lady set up for single
My point is, here is a real is a "real" vessel, ie: not mass produced, that I can buy for a good price
, that both I and my my lady look at and talk about every time we walk by, yet I will pass on. I will keep my my much maligned Tupperware Tub.
I don't need a Tayana, Caliber, Westsail, Hinkley, or anything more than my old Morgan
to venture beyond sight of land. I will try to watch the weather
. I will maintain and continuously upgrade my vessel.
I know what it takes to make a truly ocean safe vessel. I will never own such a vessel nor will any reading this.
Watch the weather
. Know your boat. Make what preparations you feel you need to. Know that there are few certainties in life.
Regret for the journey not attempted is one of those certainties.
The work done by the owner of the Iron Lady was a labor of love. I walked with him as he pointed out the new winches, water
maker, the beautiful woodwork and saw the same joy that I get from my personal projects.
We name our boats for our own reasons. If you aren't comfortable offering more than the contents of your wallet to you vessel so be it. Not everyone takes pride in their own craftsmanship. Ownership
is enough for many. I enjoy doing things on my own when I can.
Fake boats? One the won't float.