Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eaglet - Design 29

Here is a nice looking little shoal draft sloop designed specifically for Duxbury Bay in Massachusetts. For those of you who don't know it, Duxbury is located on the South Shore of Boston, just north of Plymouth. It's a tidal estuary that has a mean low water generally around 2'. There is a narrow channel that takes one in to the local mooring field and yacht club.

Although the sailing depth is difficult it has preserved the bay as an absolutely pristine area with shell-fishing, aquaculture, multitudes of eel grass and exceptional fishing. Boats designed specifically for Duxbury through the years are all shallow draft centerboarders or shoal draft vessels and usually a lot smaller than this boat.

I apologize the image above is out of focus but that is the only image we have on file for this boat. Eaglet was built of wood by Hodgdon Brothers of East Boothbay, Maine for the commodore of the Duxbury Yacht Club with the idea that she would be the first of a class of boats. She was launched in 1934.

Here's an article from The Rudder magazine from the period.

Here are the plans.

Although a little long-winded, here's a great letter from what appears to be the brother of the owner of this boat regarding her sailing qualities. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 29'-2"
LWL 20'-8"
Beam 8'-3"
Draft 3'-6"
Sail Area 391 sq ft

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