Hi everybody, this is stratosailor and I'm making my first post on this forum.
At the risk of making a complete fool of myself, I think this sailboat may have it's genesis in what was known as the sailing scow. It's hard to tell the scale of the craft from the photo
and harder still to make out the keel
design, but the hard chines indicate to me that this might be one of those venerable work boats of yesteryear, or at least modeled on that type of hull. Here is a description from Wikipedia:
"The scow in particular, in the form of the scow schooner
, was the first significant example of a hard chine sailing vessel. While the squared off scow hulls were ugly to sailors accustomed to the sleek, rounded hulls of the time, a scow could carry far more cargo, and while a laden scow was slow and difficult to sail, when not heavily laden it would keep up with the traditional schooners sailing to windward. While sailing scows had a poor safety
reputation, that was due more to their typical cheap
construction and tendency to founder in storms. As long as it sailed in the protected inland and coastal waters it was designed to operate in, however, the sailing scow was an efficient and cost effective solution to transporting goods from inland sources to the coast. A good example of this is the gundalow."
Of course, sailing scows were indeed workboats and were usually pretty large. There is a much, much smaller example of this type of hull on a sailboat that has been very popular for many years, the legendary West Wight Potter. Although the keels may be different, the hard chines are certainly a part of the Potter's unique character and she is known to be quite a capable little sailor. Hope this helps.