Building a Classic Moth

Old friend JohnZ in Annapolis has been building a modified Mistral design over the winter.


(Photos courtesy JohnZ)

It’s not often (ever?) that I pick up a blog from someone else’s site.  In this instance, I’ve picked up from two:


And they’re both worth reading.  Thanks to old friend John Hanson for knowledge about the latter site.  I met both authors at a past WOOD Regatta at Rock Hall Yacht Club in Maryland, where they were racing their respective Classic Moths.  It’s such a great class.

So, let’s see how JohnZ’s project is coming.  Here she is on New Year’s:


And here’s some sage advice:

‘”A Mistral, like a good bit of beef, benefits from a few days of hanging.”  Those words come from the original building notes by designer Derek Chester.  Hanging a stitch and glue hull allows the panels to even out and the builder to gauge and eliminate twists in the hull before locking the shape down with epoxy.  This boat is a copy of Walt Collins’ modified Mistral Y2K BUG which John currently races.  Walt eliminated the butt strip running from the transom to the aft end of the centerboard truck, which the original plans call for.  This permits the hull to be shaped more naturally and avoids the ugly knuckle which usually distorts the keel line of these boats.’

Today I’m trying to figure out how to get my two new (to me) Moths here to Maine from, respectively, Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD.

And here’s the Classic Moth association’s website:  Oooo, a nice cedar strip one for sale….  I have enough.

What do you think?

Thanks, Carl




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The Dublin Bay 25, 21, More

Dublin Bay 25


(Photos and lines from Afloat Magazine in Ireland;  The original Dublin Bay 25s.

This is just a beautiful article by W.M. Nixon.  Here’s the headline:

Is Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) The Most Effective Sailing Organisation in the World?

Dublin Bay 25C

And one of the first paragraphs:

“Its success owes much to the three great Ps – population, prosperity, and proximity. While most of the great cities of the world are coastal to some extent, few of them share Dublin’s almost unique combination of circumstances which more or less force DBSC to thrive, even if today it is very different from the small boat sailing group which was set up in 1884.”

Here the lines of the original Dublin Bay 25:

Dublin Bay 25B


I encourage you to read the entire article, and to post your comments below.

Click HERE to read it.

Thanks.  And please be careful:  It’s April Fools Day.



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