building of “Sharp-Sharp”
is an expression used locally in South Africa by youngsters. When I
explained to my nephews that the design of the boat we were building was
based on the American Sharpie, they decided on the name.
had two days to build the boat before I was scheduled to return to Seattle
– my home. I was originally going to build “the Laughing Gull”
featured in the August issue of Woodenboat – but I was not sure that I
could finish the boat in two days. I then decided to build the sharpie
called “day-dream“ that was found on the site “simplicityboats.com”.
made the sides out of 4 mil 3-ply pine plywood, and the base out of 6 mil
plywood. I had to cut everything with a dull handsaw, as I only had the
tools that were available to my nephews.
nailed the boat together using galvanized nails, and painted it with quick
drying automotive paint. While I love wooden boats, I am practical and
decided that seeing that the boat would live most of the year out of the
water, it would almost always be in dry storage. We did not therefore need
to put the time or money into making it a perfect boat. We chose therefore
not to use fiberglass or expensive paints or epoxy.
did not have sufficient details for the sailing rig, daggerboard or
rudder. I designed the sailing rig and location of the daggerboard after
reviewing Reuel Parker’s Sharpie book, and just made up the rudder on
the fly. The rudder really needs to be changed, although it worked fine.
It was a little overkill and needs to be shorter so that the craft can
had a great time with my nephews. We built the boat in 22 hours, and when
we sailed it we put 7 people aboard. It sailed fast and handled well.
Unfortunately our camera ran out of battery power just as we were
launching. I am returning to South Africa in February, and will get a
picture of Sharp-Sharp under sail.
Seattle, Washington, USA