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



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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    David Gray says:

    Does anyone know if Curlew, Wild Duck or Kermit might be for sale? I would be very interested.

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    David Teller says:

    Hi all. Wild Duck is currently moored in Robinhood Cove, Maine where she has lived since 1985. Sill the same owner. Don’t sail too much in the Sheepscot these days, just afternoon jaunts in the cove.

    • David and Margaret Tew

      David and Margaret Tew says:

      That’s great to know. You must be moored way up in the cove somewhere. We’ll have to swing by for a gander.

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        David Teller says:

        She is about 1/2 mile from Todd’s Landing, near Phebe Island.

  • David Tew

    David Tew says:

    I remember seeing Wild Duck cruising along the Sheepscot River about fifteen years ago and waving to the skipper singlehanding her. She moored at Robinhood Cove that summer and went off away after that, don’t know where.