Light and variable winds are not exactly the preferred mode for this sailor but who is complaining?! It was such a pretty day!
Garth was ready to launch Goldberry with her new rig. It proved to be a wonderful opportunity to get some excellent shots of the boat that inspired the creation of C-Lute. You might say that Goldberry was C-Lute's Godmother. So there, two tan-bark luggers lounging in Watts Bay! What a lovely sight!
Goldberry's new Lug sail and Mizzen were custom-made by Washington, PA-based Tom Bell, a highly-skilled and experienced sail-maker.
A number of years ago, Bell Sails made a beautiful miter-cut cruising chute for my SJ-21. Tom Bell also made C-Lute's sleeve for the sail, boom and yard.
With three sets of reef-points, Garth will be able to take Goldberry out in hair-raising conditions...
... and though I love heavy air, one thing is certain, when he does tuck in that third reef, my lil C-Lute will not be allowed to go out to play.
Goldberry is a Iain Oughtred-designed, high-class displacement vessel, a "Ness Yawl" - which means business, y'all.
Let's say that she'll handle a blow and take on some serious seas.
|One of the first outings - before the leaves emerged|
By comparison, the Passagemaker Dinghy seems more like a toy. Of course, that would not be fair at all. The PMD was designed for an entirely different purpose.
Goldberry and C-Lute both are wooden boats that have tan-bark lug sails and - each in their own way - have a rather old-fashioned, salty look. But that is where the similarity ends.
Goldberry is a classic boat made by a master craftsman.
C-Lute is a first-timers attempt at wood-work.
|Ghosting along - ready for some serious air!|
In light air, the PMD does surprisingly well. As light as she is, it takes only a wisp of zephyr to get her going.