Preview: Murray Peterson’s Designs: CURLEW, a Cowhorn

October 24, 2021

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In this episode of The Murray Peterson Story, Bill Peterson tells us how his father designed the attractive little ketch CURLEW. Murray based her on old-time Block Island boats, often called cowhorns, which were two-masted double-enders with strong sheers, unusually flaring topsides, and of legendary seaworthiness.

CURLEW’s particulars are: LOA = 25’11”, LWL = 22’11”, Beam = 8’11”, Draft = 4’0″, Sail Area = 350 sq ft. Ballast Keel = 1,365 pounds. She was built by Sumner McFarland, Christmas Cove, ME 1956.

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