Onward, July 2020

For the last six months, we’ve put a good deal of time into researching the history of Syd Foster’s 21ft long knockabout sloop, Dolphin. We finished lofting Dolphin’s hull a month ago. The faired lines make it possible to get very accurate lines drawings. We are preparing those along with a table of offsets and construction plans.

Dolphin’s Construction Plan In Profile

Above: Dolphin as we found her in Petaluma, January 2020.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT LAUNCHES THE BOAT HE DESIGNED AND BUILT

J. Parsons, an Arques School graduate of both the School’s Design Class and Saturday Class, recently launched a boat that he designed and built called “Treebeard,” seen in the photo above taken by Peter Strietmann.

Latitude 38 ran the following story in January:

https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/the-launching-of-wood-treebeard/

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Here’s the link to the 2019 March/April edition of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association’s newsletter featuring a long presentation on Freda and the Arques School.

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LOON, A BOLD WOODEN DAY-SAILOR BUILT FOR RACING AND CRUISING

Bob Darr:   I designed Loon many years ago.   We framed and planked her when the Arques School was just next door at the Arques Property.  Then came the years of working on Freda which was a fantastic opportunity for the School but which resulted in slow progress on the other boats we had designed.  Loon is a favorite of my own designs so it is a delight to see her approaching completion.  We have the spars, rigging, and sails ready. I am now working on the retractable ballast keel.

Here are some photos of Loon’s construction over the last few years:

Loon, a 20ft day-sailor
Loon, a 20ft day-sailor as of February, 2019

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July,2008. Loon in cradle ready to receive bulkheads and decking.

Below is a photo of Loon’s retractable keel and case.  Below it is a wood mold of the ballast to be cast in lead:

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