Which Boat is That?

Gaff Rigged Sloop

Gaff Rigged Sloop
Gaff Rigged Sloop

A Gaff Rigged Sloop uses a four cornered mainsail, controlled at it's peak with a spar called the gaff.

Relative to a triangular (Bermudan) rig, they can carry more sail area for a given mast height. Sometimes a small triangular fore-and-aft sail, called a jib-headed topsail, is carried high up between the gaff and the mast.

Possible Choices

Heather

Stats Stats for Heather
length37
beam8.8
height
draft5.5
displacement
sailarea
built1937
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Home Port: Vashon WA
  • White hull, green bulwarkan extension of a ship's sides above the level of the deck., red bottom-paintpaint below the waterline, usually to discourage weeds, barnacles, and decay
  • Double-ended Help Where both bow and stern are pointed. (as on a Viking longship) cutter Help Having two or more jibs
  • Bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay. and Boomkina spar or arched projection off the stern of the ship, typically to hold stays

Built in Auckland NZ of native Kauri wood. Heather completed a solo circumnavigation starting in Cape Town, then sailed to Port Townsend, where the interior and cabin were rebuilt by the Wooden Boat School

Sillva Bans

Stats Stats for Sillva Bans
length34
beam11
height
draft6
displacement
sailarea
built1986
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Builder: Bruce Northrup (1986)
Home Port: Renton WA
  • Gaff rigged sloop (cutter Help Having two or more jibs)
  • Cream colored sails, dark brown masts
  • White hull, prominent yellow/green bulwarkan extension of a ship's sides above the level of the deck. and transom.
  • Long bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay.

Replica of a traditional 1840s English fishing boat as seen in O'Rourke's book Culler's Other Boats. Cedar planked on steam bent oak with black locust trim.

Katie and Ginny

Stats Stats for Katie and Ginny
length30
beam8
height
draft4.5
displacement
sailarea
built1988
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Designer: Thomas Gillmer
Builder: John Swain (1988)
Home Port: Port Townsend WA
  • Gaff rigged Sloop (Cutter Help Having two or more jibs)
  • Dark Green Hull, white Bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay.
  • Mast is painted white for top half

A 1946 Blue Moon design, based upon traditional British pilot cutters. Originally sailed on the Chesapeake and Lake Ontario, then donated to SALTS and shipped across Canada. She was then sold to a private owner, her proceeds going towards building Pacific Grace.

A Norwegian coin is beneath her mast step, and her tiller head is carved after a Viking figure.

Ripple

Locate Stats Stats for Ripple
length29.8
beam8
height
draft4
displacement
sailarea
built1994
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Designer: Gary Thomas
Builder: Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building (1994)
Home Port: Seattle WA
  • Gaff rigged sloop (cutter Help Having two or more jibs)
  • White hull, red bottompaintpaint below the waterline, usually to discourage weeds, barnacles, and decay
  • Wooden Bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay. and wooden mast with white top.
  • Blue, pale green and white spinnaker.

Ripple is a youthful William Atkins design, with low-slung graceful lines. She was built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and fitted with gear from local shipwrights. Twice she has sailed the Inside Passage to Alaska.

Dorjun

Stats Stats for Dorjun
length26
beam
height
draft
displacement
sailarea
built1905
Education Dorjun hosts educational programs
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Home Port: Port Townsend WA
  • small gaff rigged sloop
  • double-ended Help Where both bow and stern are pointed. (as on a Viking longship)
  • small raised cabin
  • white hull with black trim

Converted from a 1905 26' Beebe-McLellan rescue craft, her design and hull shape are similar to the lifeboats used in Shackleton's epic voyage. She sailed on a 1933-34 National Geographic-sponsored expedition to Cape Horn (subscription needed). She sank in the 1946 Portland flood, sold twice for one dollar, then was restored in 1992. Currently a training boat for the Northwest Maritime Center.