Flying Dutchman


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  • Pub No.: 5857
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by Rogers Winter

LOA 2 ft., BEAM 4 ft., WEIGHT 170 lbs. approx.

Here’s a flat-bottomed, shallow-draft boat for sailors who want to get on tile water with a fast rig, but feel that other types are beyond their limited finances or ability

During the last half of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, in both the United States and Canada, flat-bottomed sailing craft in great variety were used wherever there was shoal water or a necessity for low-cost boats. Despite their simple form, these sailing scows very often showed quite remarkable weatherliness and speed, due to the fundamental elements of great speed in their hull design, and there are numerous recorded instances when scow-type craft showed their sterns to fast commercial sailing vessels and yachts. The use of leeboards was adapted from Dutch craft which, despite their flat bottoms, shallow drafts and wide beams, are famous for their sailing ability. "Flying Dutchman", therefore, has a long and distinguished ancestry. It is a boat for sailors who want to get on the water with a fast rig, but feel that other types are beyond their finances or ability to construct.

For a cruisiner version of this type of design please see Pub No. 5047--How to Build a 22-foot Flying Dutchman.

7 pages, 4 plate(s)


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