Originally Posted by Jdege
I've been following boats-for-sale, with an eye to buying a live-aboard.
I recently found a 37' Herreshoff Meadowlark Ketch for sale
. It's very different from what I've been looking for, very shallow draft with leeboards, masts on tabernacles, etc.
Seems ideal for gunk-holing around Florida or the Bahamas.
The question is, how would she do crossing from one to the other? Is she a purely shallow-water boat, or could she manage open-water crossings?
I owned an '87 built by Allen Vaites in Matapoisette, MA, from 2000-'07 in Panama
City, FL. It had his patented cored hull
with a 1" thick "W" pattern waffle-like core
enclosed in heavy glass - making her theoretically unsinkable - and with glass over plywood
decks. The rig was traditional Marconi rather than the orig. gaff-top main & mizzen, and small club-footed jib
. 25HP Westerbeake that is offset about 1' to Stbd. for a protected prop aside the long full skeg. Interesting handling under power, requiring a bow thruster - a 16' oak pole with a stout bronze
boathook hung from the main spreader!
She has had considerable sea miles - mainly coastal Gulf, but a Feb. crossing of the Gulf from Tarpon Springs on FL mid-W.coast to Panama
City, about 150nm's, I recall
. We had bit of a norther blow up to est. 20kn, but she handled very nicely, including an unexpectedly dry cockpit
. Believe it or not, she's a fast hull design with only 7.5' WL beam that flares to I think about 8.25', and a 34' WL.
My boat partner and I ditched the club jib
and found a Catalina
25 150 genny that fit perfectly to masthead, on a small furler
, giving about 120% overlap, that transformed her performance. In club races (Tindall AFB Yacht Club), with conventional sloops to about 38' with small crews, she set the course elapsed time record
on blustery Feb. day, and broke it the next in similar 20-25kn winds - about half close hauled. The deep asymmetrical leeboards obviously work
Sailed hard and frequently, she had no structural problems except for spotty rot
of the 1/2" ply glassed-over decks. Being open below, after fixing the leak source topsides, I excavated to dry wood and filled the void below with several layers of mat/epoxy/glass.
We've been on many local cruises as long as 2 wks. with 2-4 crew, and it's been very livable.