The "Sharpie Schooner" is one of the so-called "Terrapin Schooners" developed in the late 1800s and used well into the present century for turtle fishing along the Florida and Gulf coasts. In this capacity, these boats were fitted out as Smacks, having livewells fitted on either side of the centerboard trunk. These small Sharpies were 30 to 36 feet in length and were built with cabin accommodations to allow the crew to stay out for extended periods. Many had traditional, flat skiff-like bottoms, but the more seaworthy boats, like this model, had some deadrise (V-shape) in the after end of the hull which improved their handling and sailing qualities. While Sharpies used a wide variety of rigs, large Sharpies had two masts and were rigged as Ketches, Yawls, or, as this model, Schooners. Hence, the name "Sharpie Schooner", describing both the hull and the sailing rig of this boat.
A Complete Kit: Features Midwest's Micro-Cut Quality Balsa, Basswood and Mahogany parts.
Complete fittings set which includes cotton material for sails, rigging cordage, blocks, cleats, cast Brittania anchor, anchor chain and brass wire. No extras to buy!
Includes Display stand.
Overall Length: 17"
Scale: 3/8" = 1'
This kit can be built without prior building experience, using simple hand tools. Some parts require cutting and fitting.
Midwest's line of Success Series boat kits are designed and engineered for your satisfaction and success. All of Midwest's Apprentice Series model kits contain Micro-Cut Quality Woods and their exclusive Success Series Construction Manual, an extensive all English, illustrated, step-by-step manual that makes building a pleasure.
Build a little piece of American history . . . with Midwest's Apprentice Series Kits. Midwest's Apprentice Boats are modeled after the original boats used in the 1800s and early 1900s. When you build these boats, you will learn real boat building techniques with different types of hull construction such as lapstrake and strip planking. The hull of each boat is built on a frame, just like the real thing.
Made in the USA.
Required Items: (not included)
hobby knife, razor saw, sandpaper, wood glue for wood parts, CA for metal parts (super glue),
paint and varnish.
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