William Sound Yawl:
"Elf", a 16'5" cold-moulded
cat yawl at the March 1999 Goolwa Wooden Boat Festival. An older
Bolger design, specified as a maximum cartoppable boat. The boat is described
in Bolger's book "Different Boats", which is simply unavailable here -
can't even steal it from a library, it's already been nicked.
Paraphrasing from info sent
by John Kohnen: Fast and spirited
(we'll vouch for that), safe in strong winds (welcome to Goolwa - are there
other kinds?) and safe in rough water with a tired crew (ditto).
Bolger used Nat Herreshoff's Coquina (1989) as a model for the traditional
looks. There's dry stowage and buoancy aboard, and room to use her
as a camper cruiser. I gather the design request was from Alaska,
hence the Alaskan name. They must breed them tough up there...
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