Here’s a lovely example of what I call a Fusion of Tradition boat. The Langskip, custom built in Iceland by the Skipavik shipyard, is a modern interpretation of a Viking longship. She is 55′ LOA with 14′ beam, yet they will scale them up or down as desired. The profile is unmistakable, as is the rig, but the details are decidedly different than Leif Ericson would have had. Supposedly the boats are ruggedly built, yet draw about a meter, suggesting you can take one transoceanic for a gunkholing trip. The web site also suggests there will only be a limited number produced.
Anyone sailed one? Curious how that modern square rig works.
A few days before Christmas I got a package from an uncle with whom I have long since ceased exchanged gifts. It was a medium thickness, letter-sized envelope and left me quite curious. Upon opening it on Christmas morn’ I discovered a very pleasant surprise: it was a copy of the log book my grandparents had kept on their honeymoon, a three-week cruise around Biscayne Bay, Florida in a 21′ sloop! I had never seen the original and never, in fact, knew it existed. In further fact, I had not, heretofore, been aware what they did on their honeymoon. I have yet to read it, but it is a pretty cool treasure and so nice of my uncle to make copies for all their descendants.
Thanks to WoodenBoat’s RudderPosts blog, for pointing out a nice new site for our collection. Attainable Adventure Cruising is a collection of tips, tricks, how-tos, etc. for those seeking a little more pizazz in their cruise than Penobscot Bay in July. It is produced by a couple that has cruised to Greenland – three times – as well as Newfoundland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Looks like these two don’t fool around and know the ins and outs of how to approach serious cruising. Good catch, RudderPosts.
Courtesy of Gavin over at intheboatshed and his recent discovery of YouTube [ ;^) ], we now see that Ted at Dovetails has posted a nice video of his Friendship Sloop sailing in a brisk Westerly off mid-coast Maine. The page includes some nice profile drawings and photos as well – its a heck of a nice boat.
Searching around for this post left me with the startling realization that, with the exception of a stray mention in the prior post where I mentioned Dovetails, I have never said anything about Friendship Sloops on these pages. I guess I have been focus on the boats of foreign lands as opposed to my native waters, but here’s the real irony: Friendship Sloops are one of the most beautiful boats ever. Period. Full stop.
Look at Ted’s fine example above. The clipper bow, elliptical transom, and sweet sheer that ties them together, makes for some tremendous lines, and then you typically plop a high gaff and double headsails on her… the result is outstanding. I had an opportunity to sail in the annual Friendship Sloop regatta many years back and it was an amazing experience. I have always loved them; basically, they had me at “hello.”
Here’s a final Friendship Sloop story: when I was teenager, we chartered a boat in mid-coast Maine and found ourselves not far from Friendship, Maine with a day of crummy weather. At my behest, we made tracks overland to Friendship in an act of pilgrimage. Let me tell you how many sloops we saw there: none. zilch. Z-E-R-O. Our only solace after such disappointment, was a near-miss: and ice cream shop called “The Friendship Scoop.”