In Herreshoff's own words....
"A great many people have asked for the design of a shallow-draft yacht or cruising boat
. Apparently there are many who would like to cruise
in some of the very shallow lagoons and bays in the Gulf of Mexico
, Albemarle Sound, and the Chesapeake, and I can say from my experience that even in New England
waters some of the most pleasant cruising grounds require shallow draft
Meadowlark is a suitable name for this craft as she could venture inland and, you might say, skim over marshes and meadows as the joyful bird of that name does over many of our fields which border the Atlantic. The boat is somewhat reminiscent of the Lark of Tom Day's time.
There many today who can visualize a different type of yachting then ocean racing
and who would like to spend their vacations in pleasure with comfortable relaxation. Some of these people have artistic tastes and know that the prettiest scenes are along the shore, with the woods in the background contrasting with the marshland, beach, and river banks. They would like to anchor
in sheltered places, or lie on the bottom of a sandy inlet, cook supper in comfort, and sleep without worry".
L. Francis Herreshoff - 1947