Morning all! My first post... I'm writing my first novel length story and could use some help making sure the parts
dealing with cruising are correct. While most of the story does not happen aboard, a sailboat is central to a few themes and I want to represent her and cruisers properly.
The year is 1962, Catherine is a pre-WWII Rhodes Bounty I (wooden hull), and the main character "acquires" her after being drugged and tied to the motor
while the old girl is leaky and in a bad Chesapeake Bay
storm. Instead of sinking he gets her to port and over the course of a couple years starts to fix her up and live aboard part time.
Things I do not know, at least, are: Does the Bounty I have the same lines and cabin
as the fiberglass hull
Bounty II? If not, where can I find images
or plans of a Bounty I? Did they even put large engines in sailboats in the 1930's - 1940s? What would some of the major issues be with an overhaul
, assuming she was able to be made seaworthy
? What sorts of electronics
fixtures did they use in 1960?
I have a friend who is living aboard
a Bounty II, that's what's given me the chance to meet cruisers and write them into the story. In theory, if there's more than one book to be written, the Catherine will become completly seaworthy
and have a much nicer view of the water
than sitting in a fictional version of Tom's River, NJ. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. I'm going to go scan the forum to see what ideas come up. Leam