Kindred Spirits

I have no delusions that my desire to daysail and weekend a long, skinny and engineless Knockabout type Sloop is way outside the norm. It is so far out there that sometimes it is quite difficult to explain my choice to other boaters. Which is just fine as I don't really need anyone else to understand. But one of the nice benefits of this blog is that there are other kindred spirits out there with a love of similar type boats. And every now and again I wake up with a great message in my inbox filled with photos of beautiful boats.

This has happen a couple of time in the last few weeks and I thought I would pass them along. First from Andrew the new owner of an Alden Triangle.

I may be mistaken, but I believe that you are the same person that developed the knockabout sloop blog. I have recently concluded a long search for a new boat and entered into a contract to purchase a 1927 Alden Triangle. Anyway, I wanted to email you to say what a wonderful resource your blog was to me. I actually reached out to Tim Lackey at one point as I considered pursuing a course similar to yours with Bolero, which I found to be an inspired concept and looked to be wonderfully executed by Tim. As it turns out, Tim keeps his boat in Buck's Harbor, which is my home port as well, so we have emailed and I hope to take him out on the Triangle next summer. If you make it out our way, drop me a note I'd love to show you the boat. best regards, Andrew

Here is the accompanying photo of Andrew's Triangle. She was rebuilt by IYRS in 2001 and looks to be in fine shape.

Anyone who has followed my blog at all knows that I really love this old boat. The Triangle was one of the three boats (along with the IOD, Dark Harbor 20 & Gimcrack) that heavily influenced the concept that became Bolero. Perhaps I can make up some warranty issue problem that only Tim can solve as a excuse to take Andrew up on his offer.

Following on the heels of Andrew's great message was Tom from Annapolis.


I just stumbled onto you blog site and thought I’d give you a shout. I’m on the other side of the continent (Annapolis, Md.) and similarly, am taken by long skinny keelboats (what would DR. Freud say!) I had a lovely IOD, the original #5 “Flicker”, built in 1936. We sold her some years ago and she went to the Fishers Island fleet where after a restoration, she broke away from her mooring and went on the rocks and was a complete wreck. Her keel and rudder live on, below a new glass IOD.

I have had a number of keelboats. A Quincy Adams 17, Columbia Sabre 5.5 meter, although my real love was the International Fourteen class. I raced that for years, winning the US Nationals in the ‘80s and sailing the POW several times in the UK.

Now I am way to old and slow to race the 14 so I got a Star and find it a great race boat. I enjoy daysailing too so have a lovely BB 10 meter, which you may not have heard of. It’s basically an enlarged cruising Soling. Made by Borresen in Denmark. Many similarities to the Dragon above the water. I’ll attach few pictures.

The main reason I am writing is to tell you about the International 210 class fleet we started at my club (Gibson Island Yacht Squadron). We were looking for a one design keelboat class to purchase as a fleet for our club and came across these lovely Ray Hunt designed boats. They still are active around Boston and in Michigan but are a bit anachronistic in many ways. Perfect for our fleet as there were some used boats available for not a whole lot of money. They are attractive, easily launched from our hoists, shallow draft and have a nice cockpit with seats. Their only flaw is their huge genoa. We restored 7 boats, all rigged identically, slightly bumped out the mainsail roach and sail with a blade jib. We recently bought asymmetrical spinnakers for them but haven’t sailed them much yet with that spinnaker. They sail from moorings and we mostly sail them in the Fall and Winter. Members sign up and pay a fee to join our fleet and we draw straws for boats and pick crews “sandlot” style. We don’t keep score and have no trophies (except for one 210 Class event we host each year.

This is our 5th season sailing the 210s and we find them perfect for our purposes. The 210 class wishes we would carry genoas and come up to race them but our boats are not nearly as nice as theirs and we prefer to do our own thing. When they come here to race we require blade jibs only. We use class spinnakers for that event.

I hope you find all this interesting. You seem a kindred spirit in your fondness for keelboats so I wanted to pass this all along. I will attach some pictures. A whole other story is my father’s 6 meter that he owned at the same time I had my IOD. He sold her in 1992 but I have just come across her again, out of the water, sad looking though still intact.

Regards, Tom

The first thing that I have to say is: Damn Tom, just how many sweet boats does a guy get to own and sail in his life. One sweeter than the next. Tom sent me so many great photos that I better get busy loading um up.

First his BB-10 (Tom is right that I don't know anything about this boat)

And the International 210 Class sailboat (which I have always liked)


And last but not least Tom's dad proudly standing before his Six meter "Lark" built in 1928 in Finland by Abo Boatworks.

Thanks to Andrew and Tom for the great emails, gorgeous photos and permission to pass along them along.