Southwind 22ft Dorry Sharpie Plans

by Gavin
(Washington State)

Hello, I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Southwind sailboat plans.
( ) <- Link to the plans.

Thanks for your time.


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Good boat for sheltered shallow waters ....
by: Anonymous

The boat has " pedigree " as you say , Howard Chapelle knew a thing or two about all manner of craft.

However , perhaps a better question to ask is why what you need in a boat:

Are you going to sail in relatively sheltered and shallow waters?

Under certain conditions that under-slung and very shallow rudder could cause issues.

If sailing in deeper waters , and in strong winds that rudder could lift clear of the water and cause steering issues , particularly to windward , just something to think about.

The boat would be best for use in shallow waters like Chesapeake Bay and under the right conditions could be a fun boat.

I would think for ultra shallow draft a Norwalk Island sharpie (Bruce Kirby) or a Herreshoff Meadowlark could be a good choice.

by: Gavin

Thanks for the reply.

Yeah the "Southwind" is a H I Chappelle design.

I love the looks of the craft.

H I Chappelle
by: Michael

Haven't used the plans or even studied them closely but if they are by H I Chappelle, who wrote the "Boat Building: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction" that's gotta be a recommendation.

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