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.
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.