Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Another Pic of "Obsession"

Mike Scott sends along a sailing pic of his recently launched Classic International 14 Ames 2 design which he has named "Obsession". Photo taken at the Lone Lake Regatta in the Pacific NorthWest. Beautiful!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

YouTube Head Scratcher Sailing Again!

I mentioned that Mike Scott from the Pacific Northwest had been on a roll recently in acquiring Classic International 14's - see the previous post on the Souter Casson Mk 1. He also bought the YouTube Head Scratcher, the 1980's Ames 2 wood hull that was finished off with a 1960's interior by my good buddy, Bill Moss. The Ames 2 had remained a kit boat for many years, the hull was all in one piece but the rest was a bunch of pieces, mast, boom, sails, fittings, daggerboard, rudder. Mike had the kit and caboodle shipped out west from Vermont , received the lot in June and by the end of July had this unusual bit of 14 history in the water and sailing. Truly a beautiful one-of-a-kind. I've taken the photo from Mike's Facebook page.

Mike has been doing a yeoman's job in finding Classic 14's scattered about the Pacific Northwest. I'll have to put up a post about some of the 14's he has located.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cover of Yachting magazine - October 1960

This cover from Yachting magazine comes from Stuart Walker via Tom Price, including a historical anecdote from Stuart.
"Great picture - I am almost certain that it is George O'Day holding both the mainsheet and the spinnaker guy - his standard pose. He once told a crew - "The only reason you are here is because the rules require it. Stay out of my way!"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A 1964 Wyche and Coppock Proctor V on the East Coast?

Michael Storey started a thread over at the Woodenboat Forum about an unknown International 14 he found in a garage near Annapolis. Given his description, it sounds tantalizing similar to a Wyche and Coppock Proctor V, built in lapstrake, one of a small batch built by that famous English dinghy builder. There was one known Wyche and Coppock Proctor V that made it to the U.S., that one being US 782 that was originally owned by Jim Wachter in Seattle Washington. This 14 was built in 1964. So far no pictures and I haven't been able to contact Michael but it looks to be a very intriguing find.

The Wyche and Coppock builders tag (lifted from the National 12 website):

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Daring" - US 800 Re-Surfaces - Hmm! Maybe Not?

Mike Scott, from the Pacific Northwest, has been on a roll recently. He has picked up two International 14's. The first appears to be Stuart Walker's Souter Mk I, US 800, the I-14 featured in many of the photos of Stuart racing his International 14.

Tom Price talked to Stuart, showed him the photos, and
Stuart doesn't believe this is Daring (even though it 
has sails with the US 800 number. It could possibly be 
US 791, an earlier Casson that was owned by Robert Savage
of Balboa California, imported in 1965.

The Souter designs were very comparable in speed to the Kirby's during the single trapeze days, being a favorite design on the Chesapeake, as the very fine bow was able to superbly handle the random bobble off Annapolis. Mike Souter, operating a boat building operation out of the Isle of Wight, was a master at cold-molding the 14 hulls, although I don't believe he did that many - Bill McCutcheon becoming the main English builder of cold-molded hulls.

Mike Scott sends some pictures along of his acquisitiion. This 14 definitely has the distinctinve high knuckle/chine up forward of the Souter and the typical Uffa-type deep rocker under the mast. The hull is now painted a orange/red.

Here is a photo of Stuart Walker's US 800, "Daring" taken when Stuart took delivery of her outside Souter's boat building shed during the 1960's.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another Mallette Lapstrake 14 has been found

Andre Cloutier of Ravenwood Canoes sends along pictures of an original Mallette International 14. Supposedly four were built around the Gananoque area of Canada before World War II with one known to be, at the present time, in the small boat collection at the Antique Boat Museum. This one has been stored under a cabin somewhere in the Canadian wilds, though it certainly looks like a good candidate for restoration. Unfortunately the owner has not been inclined to sell this Mallette.

I did a post a while back on Simon Watts building a reproduction of the Mallette with an intention of publishing plans at some point.

Some pictures of the current Mallette discovery.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kirby VII, US-1009: Sadly Now Gone

As a followup to the previous post about US-1009 Summertime, most likely the only Kirby VII built in North America, Eric Arens, the original owner, sends this sad email.
"The person who had Summertime and kept it at Treasure Island found the storage space cost was too large, and he has scrapped the hull but kept the rig.  I just found this out.

"Too bad.  This ending for a boat is like the end of the Fireball "Still Crazy After All These Years," when Kurt Schmidt cut the fiberglass hull that Chris Benedict had built into pieces and put them into a dumpster at the Richmond Yacht Club.  Nobody wanted the boat.

"It is hard to get youngsters into sailing unless it is into highly regimented high school or college sailing.  Computer games have taken over and have the advantages of not getting the participants wet or cold in San Francisco or wet and hot on the Chesapeake.

To remember US-1009 Summertime here are some more photos of Mark Adams racing in the two trapeze mode (with the old type symmetric spinnaker).