Scout 30 Re: We want this boat!
It's my understanding that there are no actual plans for the original Spray. There have been a lot of designs called Spray but they are all just based on old pictures.
The "Spray" was measured a number of time during her life including by the Park City Yacht Club in Bridgeport Connecticut so that an accurate model could be produced. At that time a common practice.
Ken Slack did more work
than anyone to gather all of information possible to replicate the lines of the original "Spray". His book "In the wake of Spray" has a very detailed description of the Spray and her construction. It is the very reason the builder
of our boat
used his plans. He had assessed the Roberts plans and saw many reinterpretation by Roberts to modernise what is a classic
North Sea Oysterman.
We tracked the builder
down 6 years ago when we were refitting and getting ready for our East about Circumnavigation
. He gave us all the details of our boats construction and his reasons for not building a Roberts Spray hull
. He stuck as close as he could to the original Ken Slack plans and I for one am very happy that he did.
Over time I have had lots of "Experts" advise me that I should fair the bow, change the under water
profile, reduce weight all to modernise the hull
shape and make her more efficient. I find it comical that with all of their superior knowledge, they have never sailed on one of these hulls and don't understand the true beauty of the cod shape hull of a North Sea Oysterman and it's sea kindliness.
When we traveled through Indonesia
we were surprised at just how well we sailed compared to many other modern designs. We had more than 80 boats to compare ourselves against on the same route
. I was initially concerned that we would be slow. I was very happy to find that we were normally in the top 25%. Sure there were some flyers, however there were few cruising boats that would pass or get away from us. All the time my wife and I were very comfortable, hardly ever tending the wheel
and never healing more than 7 degrees. Beam is a Spray,s biggest asset. It give room and form stability.
For the doubters I'll post 2 videos. One sailing in 12 knots and the other sailing reefed in 25 - 30 knots. In both watch the wheel
it hardly ever moves. If she is balanced she tracks true.
Spirit of Sobraon .wmv - YouTube
Test.wmv - YouTube
Sorry to drift a little from the original post. I hope this information allows the OP some further information to make an informed decision on his purchase
and clears up a few of the misunderstanding of the Spray design.
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