Preview: Re-skinning a Boothbay Harbor One-Design Sloop with Veneers and Epoxy, by Eric Blake

November 12, 2013

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Boothbay Harbor One Design Sloop BITTERSWEET

Racing these keelboats hit the Boothbay region of Maine in the early 1930’s. Many wonderful boats, all of them with short bow and stern overhangs, came from that movement, but one of the most popular was the Boothbay Harbor One Design (BHOD) that was designed in 1938 by Geerd Hendel who, at the time was working as chief draftsman for W. Starling Brgess. (A year earlier, Burgess had designed the America’s Cup defender RANGER.) BITTERSWEET is one of 55 BHOD sloops (many of which are still actively raced)  and was built in 1941 by Norman Hodgdon in Boothbay Harbor. But age had finally caught up with her. Planked with cedar on oak, the class always suffered from being too lightly framed, with backbone issues from their narrow fin keels.

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