Here’s a wholesome cruising boat that you can pretty much climb aboard and use—after her masts are stepped and the sails are bent on, that is. But that’s not to say there’s no work ahead. Her rust-streaked hull has to be painted; there’s refastening; keelbolts (although renewed in the 1960s) should be checked; the 1985 engine hasn’t been run in a couple of years; there’s some rot in the stem; and at least one plank has to be replaced. Even so, there’s a lot of usable boat here, and she comes fully equipped. KRISTEN (ex-TRUANT) lies afloat at Fort Rachael Marina, Mystic, Connecticut.
There’s not much of this yacht that’s salvageable, but that’s not unusual among many restorations. Besides very deep pockets, one would need vision to imagine what she could become—or to visualize what she was originally. Brian Amble of California had the vision, but not the wealth. But he did acquire her and make a start. As the largest all-wood sailing yacht ever built by Herreshoff, and as a genuine, topsail-carrying sloop (or cutter, if you will), VAYU (or more properly, DORIS, the yacht’s original name), fully restored, would be a show-stopper.
This sharpie was launched at Lake Wyvenhoe, Queensland, Australia. It was built by John Hockings over six months, and was inspired by Bill Schwicker's Egret and his 3 fathom sharpie. Hockings' search for drawings for a canoe-sterned 20' sharpie in the style of Schwicker's boats led to Ross Lillistone who drew the beautiful lines for him. The boat will live in the Great Sandy Straits, a boating haven adjacent to the World Heritage listed Fraser Island.