Little Rogue

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  • Pub No.: 5882

by Weston Farmer

LOA 22 ft. 11 in., Beam 8 ft. 2 in., draught 3 ft. 9 in., displacement about 21/2 tons, sail area 285 sq. ft.

A tabloid auxiliary, just over 19 feet on her water line, this little sloop will really sail. She is large enough to carry your pals, too, so you can share your fun.

The lure of sail is irresistible. No man who has skippered his own windjammer into the promise of a sparkling sunny morning will ever again settle for less. The sun dancing on the water, the hum of breeze in taut rigging, the powerful, quiet urge of the wind—experience all this and you’ll know why sailing is called the sport of kings. To get around the dreadful responsibility of owning a king’s ransom, yet to make possible getting down to the sea in sail, I have designed Little Rogue. She’s a tabloid auxiliary, and then, again, she isa’t—she’s just large enough to avoid the wallowing tendencies exhibited by most tabloids, but not too large nor too complicated for one man to build, to afford, and to handle. She is knockabout rigged. That is to say she is basically a sloop, but the stem, profile is extended to accommodate the jib, and there is no bowsprit. If you’re a facts and figures hound, her ballast will run to between 1,500 and 1,600 lbs. in an iron keel, with enough inboard trimming ballast battened down in lead pigs over the keel at midship to bring her down to her load line. How much will depend upon the gear carried, and somewhat on the building job. No two boats of identical design ever weighed the same: Wood varies, fastenings vary. It would be safe to say 200 to 300 lbs. would turn the trick. She is as normal as beans and bread as to layout and rig and all. Her main gambit is in her size, and relative sail area. She is smaller than the big boats that will sail, she, has more sail-carrying power than the little ones that won’t. I know that this is so, because I designed her to a certain feel I wanted myself, in a modern boat of today’s marconi rig. Also, I am acquainted with the classics of “Tabloidia Americana” and know their designers. Sam Rabl and his Picaroon, my old side-kick Jack Hanna and some of his tabloids, Billy Atkin and his Perigee, Phil Rhodes and Westwind, Dr. T. Harrison Butler and Paida—-all famous designers, all famous boats. I have known both the men and the boats first hand. I am familiar with their philosophies.
Because all the craft mentioned were designed nearly a generation ago, I felt I could come up with this contribution to the field and that it would be a definite addition to the choices available, especially the outboard motor.

10 pages, 5 plate(s)

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