As we consider Boats for difficult times, we need to reassess what we mean by cost and utility. Cost not only in money or even in money at all. If a boat is built outside the money economy many other factors take precedence. Likewise, if we remove the exaggerated cost/benefits provided by fossil fuels – so long as we ignore the so-called externalities – we must measure utility in ways we may not readily recognize.
As with the smaller schooner boat, this craft looks to Nineteenth Century models as a way of approaching this other form of accounting. Robust and even redundant strength is achieved by using wood and metal in basic and relatively unprocessed forms together with a hull form and rig that is conservative in the very old-fashioned sense of that word. These factors combine and result in a boat we hope will have a relation of costs and utility that might give it a useful life in our uncertain times.
Beyond the boat itself another factor stands out. Designing, building, and using a boat like this promotes the practice and handing down, not only of skills and techniques; but of broader ways of doing things; ways of considering how a life is spent that have become rare in our day.
This begins a series of posts exploring a variety of related designs in this size range and delving into the possibilities for such a craft.
- LBP 46′ – 0″
- LWL 39′ – 9″
- Beam 12′ – 8″
- Draft 5′ – 10″
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