Preview: SHELDRAKE, A Charming Little Keel Sloop Designed by OCH Guide Nat Benjamin

June 16, 2015

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Steve & Maureen Corkery enjoying their new boat SHELDRAKE

Steve & Maureen Corkery enjoying their new boat SHELDRAKE. (Photo by David Corkery)

This first message just came in from SHELDRAKES’s owner and our friend Steve Corkery—a guy with loads of experience sailing all kinds of boats. SHELDRAKE is a plank-on-frame boat whose design and construction we really believe inand would like to see more like her built. She’s quite a boat for only 19 feet in overall length and, because of having no centerboard or hi-tech rigging can be built and maintained at a reasonable cost. (Designer Nat Benjamin estimates that Gannon & Benjamin could duplicate her for around $78,000.) Sure, she harks back to times past, but her weight makes her stable and her simplicity keeps the building cost comparatively reasonable.

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