The Sharpie Book

The Sharpie Book

by Reuel B. Parker
     
 

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A sharpie is a long,narrow,flat-bottom craft that evolved in the 19th century along the Connecticut shore as an oyster fisherman's boat. An 1880 report by the U.S. Census Bureau characterized the U.S. Census Bureau characterized the sharpie as "so good a fishing boat and so fast a yacht that is has been adopted in a great many other localities throughout the United…  See more details below

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A sharpie is a long,narrow,flat-bottom craft that evolved in the 19th century along the Connecticut shore as an oyster fisherman's boat. An 1880 report by the U.S. Census Bureau characterized the U.S. Census Bureau characterized the sharpie as "so good a fishing boat and so fast a yacht that is has been adopted in a great many other localities throughout the United States. " To this,add three more superlatives—easy,cheap,and fast to build—and you have the keys to the sharpie's almost cult-like popularity among backyard boatbuilders. sharpie as "so good a fishing boat and so fast a yacht that is has been adopted in a great many other localities throughout the United States. " To this,add three more superlatives—easy,cheap,and fast to build—and you have the keys to the sharpie's almost cult-like popularity among backyard boatbuilders.

Editorial Reviews

WoodenBoat
''This is a little gem of a book. . .There's an abundance of good, hard-nails advice on these pages. . .Parker has done a grand favor for everyone interested in shoal-draft sailing. The little volume belongs on the shelf with Chapelle, Bolger, Beebe, and the rest.''
The Ensign
''Parker instructs the reader in an interesting step-by-step manner that inspires desire and enthusiasm in even the most inept Yankee doodler. But even if you never plan to build a sharpie, this book will delight sailors and boatbuilders alike.
Boatbuilder
''. . .provides a wealth of rare and previously unpublished photographs.''
From the Publisher
''Parker instructs the reader in an interesting step-by-step manner that inspires desire and enthusiasm in even the most inept Yankee doodler. But even if you never plan to build a sharpie, this book will delight sailors and boatbuilders alike

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877423041
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Reuel B. Parker has spent a lifetime building, repairing, restoring, designing, and cruising in sail- and powerboats. Author of The New Cold-Molded Boatbuilding (International Marine, 1990) and of numerous articles for WoodenBoat and Boatbuilder magazines, he has been a devotee of sharpies since his childhood on the shores of Long Island Sound. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a 60-foot Virginia pilot schooner; he plans to move his design business aboard and go cruising.

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