Scotch Mist’s builder Chris Perkins built his beautiful sailing canoe to Iain Oughtred’s Macgregor design in an attempt to create a boat he could launch and recover on his own.
The name came from a definition in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue that seems to have tickled Chris’s fancy:
Scotch Mist. A sober soaking rain; a Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to the skin.
Apart from anything else, it seems Chris felt sure that any boat with so little beam and such a large sail area would soak him on a regular basis. Whether it will do so remains to be seen, but my guess is that it’s very likely. However, the little boat has good-sized bouyancy tanks, so hopefully he won’t sail into too much danger.
Here are some bonus photos provided by the excellent Dick Wynne of the Albert Strange Association. (Check their new site at http://www.albertstrange.org/). Thanks Dick!
Scotch Mist; photos by Dick Wynne
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