In 1987, I flew to Westport Point, Mass from Austin, Texas with tape measure, pencil and pad and measured an old family boat that was on sawhorses in a field. It was probably built around the turn of the century by Briggs. It has 2 planks per side and uses the inner lap as a riser for the 2 thwarts and sternsheets. There are 4 thwart knees, 2 hanging deck knees, and 2 quarter knees. She has a long relatively shallow centerboard, large skeg and Barndoor rudder. The type is well described in WoodenBoat #66. In fact, it might have been described in that article but it came into Bob Bakers possession afterwards. My Father, Alden Ring had sailed this boat through the ’60s and into the ’80s. He found it on a burn pile in about 1964, but I think he had owned it before years earlier. I understand this particular boat had a local reputation for speed and she does have a finer entry and is altogether narrower than others of the type measured and published by Bob Baker.
Upon returning to Austin, I built this replica. In lieu of the original heavy cross planked bottom, I used 1/2″ fir plywood as she lives on a trailer. Side planks are 3/4″ white pine. I’ve used a single 125 sqft spritsail, but I prefer the 130 sqft cat ketch rig I am currently using.
Over the years 3 friends of mine have built their own copies using the same lines. The most recent, Marie, was just launched in Ft Worth Texas by Bobby Taylor. (September, 2014)