The JGTSCA Chapter is building the Good Little Skiff 15, a Pete Culler design row/sailing boat. The Mystic Seaport Boathouse has the 13 1/2 ft version of this boat, the “Waldo Howland".The project will start with a full scale lofting. On Friday, Apr 19, we will setup a lofting table at the APBH. The actual lofting will start at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 20.
If you want to help with the project or observe you are always welcome. Along with updates at the JGTSCA monthly meetings I will be sending out reports on progress and upcoming activities. If you are interested in adding your name to the email list please send me your email. Brian Cooper, 2019 GLS Project Manager
Frank Lavigueur describes his restoration project of a Gulfweed ketch. The boat is a John Hanna design and was originally built by members of his wife's family. Frank is restoring the boat in his backyard boatshed with a goal is sailing it across the Atlantic.
Some information about the Gulfweed design.
After our Potluck and March meeting on Sunday the 5th we took advantage of the newly installed daylight savings time and toured the University of Connecticut’s Research Vessel “Connecticut”. We are fortunate to have a former Captain Dan Nelson among us; he gave us an in-depth tour from Engine Room to Bridge. Very informative. Thank you, Dan, and thanks to UConn for having us.
This will allow us to attend right after our meeting; it is just down the road at the German Club, across the street from the Seaport’s South Entrance. Admission is free with a donation of $15 suggested. It is sponsored by the Pinewoods Folk Music Club as a fundraiser for the 40th Annual Sea Music Festival held at the Seaport, as well as other nearby venues, June 6th thru 9th. If you have never been, this Chantey Sing is a Blast, so to speak; audience participants stand up and belt out a stanza, the audience then chimes in on the chorus, the singer then sits down and another pops up. Informal good fun!
"Nina" is a 11-1/2 foot flat bottomed skiff that designer John Atkin described as a "Flat-bottomed Catboat" her dimensions are 11 feet 4 inches overall (ours came out more like 11'-6" with Andy's carved oak "icebreaker" stem), breadth of 4 feet 7 inches and 4-1/2 inches of draft. Atkin designed her to "carry a cargo of two heavy persons nicely, or three average-size youngsters" and to be "a boat that will sail safely in rough, windy weather -- in confidence and with lots of fun.
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