Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lapstrake 14 Uncovered in Cincinnati - KC 142?

Mark Merritt came across this beauty on Ebay; the 14 having been stored inside a Cincinnati airplane hanger for umpteen years.  Mark now has ownership and has been doggedly researching the origins of this interesting lapstrake 14 for several months.  (Mark only obtained the hull; there was no rig or centerboard/rudder with the 14.) What he has dug up so far:
  • There is KC 142 written on the battens that were in the hull.
  • There is the name "Whirley" and "RCYC" on the transom.
  • He has tracked the hull as being registered in Toronto Harbor in 1955 to a person "Alvey".
  • She is identical to the International 14 "Brooke", a lapstrake 14 restored by Woodwind Yachts and now residing on a New York lake.
The hull is in remarkable condition. (Click on the photo for a hi-resolution image.)


A snubbing winch for the jib. An interesting cleat under the main thwart. (See another photo further in this post.) Stringers are on 8 inch centers.


Whirly has a long jib track which Mark has determined is original. The fairlead appears too big to accommodate a block though it matches the jib track on "Brooke".


The transom bridle is consistent with the metal transom bridles fitted to the L.S.S.A cat-rigged 14's.


The design has the typical transom tumble-home of a pre-WWII Uffa 14.


This is an odd cleat, sitting under the main thwart. It seems to work by pushing the back in or out. The rope leads up to the bow stem - a jib downhaul?


From the side view the design doesn't appear to be as deep-chested as the Uffa designs of this period.


The gunwhales are relatively wide and there is a mini-mini-foredeck at the bow stem.


I've sent out some inquiries to various contacts. Bruce Kirby confirms my initial impression, that Whirly is probably a George Corneil design. George Corneil was a one-man shop in Toronto who had a reputation for producing fast L.S.S.A 14's in the 1920's and 1930's.