Here’s one for the plywood boatbuilders among us. This is Nexus Marine in Washington USA, building American designer Phil Bolger’s Black Skimmer, which remains one of my favourite designs. I’m not alone, for I gather that some years ago another design legend, Iain Oughtred, told a Classic Boat interviewer that Bolger’s leeboard sharpie was one of his favourites also.
Plans from Bolger’s associate Harold Payson cost just $40.
Devereux Books has published a book containing a chapter about sailing a Black Skimmer.
See Bill McKibben’s photos of a Black Skimmer he built in the mid-1970s.
Here’s an Answers about link that tells something of the sharpie story.
Woodenboat magazine senior editor Mike O’Brien commissioned the design.
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