FIDDLERS GREEN is a gaff-rigged keel cutter. Her design was penned by the British naval architect T. Harrison Butler in 1932. Butler was known for designing pocket cruisers that were exceptionally well balanced. The builder made two modifications to Butler’s design. First, like her sistership CORA A, she has a slightly longer coach roof allowing for standing room in the forward galley. Second, the builder switched out Butler’s Bermudan rig for a gaff rig based on the rig from WANDERER II.
FIDDLERS GREEN is strip planked in 1-inch square white cedar over steamed oak frames on 9-inch centres. Backbone is hard mahogany. She has five big wood floors and galvanized straps everywhere else. Her planks are edge glued, cross nailed, and screwed to the frames. Decks are very good Douglas-fir, also glued and nailed down and to each other with Monel barbed nails, then payed with compound. The house is mahogany sides and beams, with plywood sheathed in canvas and paint.
Her homeport since launching in 1959 was Toronto. For 32 years Norm Lehman was her steward. In 2017 she moved south to the United States. FIDDLER underwent a major refit 2014-2015 and a repowering at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway in 2020. She is the youngest of any Englyn boat and she is the only T. Harrison Butler boat constructed in North America.