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Boat Plans at Mystic Seaport, by Anne and Maynard Bray

Boat Plans at Mystic Seaport, by Anne and Maynard Bray

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BOAT PLANS AT MYSTIC SEAPORT, by Anne and Maynard Bray

BOAT PLANS AT MYSTIC SEAPORT, by Anne and Maynard Bray

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As owners ofthe N.G. Herreshoff-designed yawl
A'

ida, which was built a couple ofyears before
Marjelia at a time when Starling Burgess would

surely have seen her at the Herreshoffyard, we'

re

convinced xhatAida (launched in 1926 as Gee Whiz)
formed a good deal ofthe inspiration for this
Marjelia: she has the same narrow deckline forward,
a touch ofhollow in the forward waterlines, a tightly
radiused transom, 3'

draft, and an underwater

profile that, except for the straight keel and result-
ing knuckle at its forward end, is almostidentical.
Even the unconventional deck constructionis simi-
lar, with a wide shelftaking the place of deck-
beams in way of the cabin and cockpit. Although
Fve never had the pleasure of seeing Marjelia,
there can be no doubt about her practical beauty.
And she's enoughlarger thanA'ida to give full

standing headroom as well as pilot berths outboard
ofthe settees. For the best in cruising and an occa-

sional race, this design-perhaps fitted with a taller

and more efficient rig and dispensing with the
boomkin-would be very hard to equal. Dauntless
Shipyard in Essex, Connecticut, built Marjelia for
Mrs. J.S. Fassett of West Falmouth on Cape Cod.

Catalog No. 11.43

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