Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ventnor Moth for sale

One of the more pleasant aspects of putting together a blog about Classic and Vintage era Moth Boats is the unearthing of a survivor boat.  Particularly so if the survivor is more or less intact and hasn't been subject to change from period authentic hardware.  Such is the case of the subject of today's post.  The current owner of this boat first contacted fellow blogger Tweezerman and Tweezerman, in turn, tipped me off.  After exchanging a few emails I rec'd the following ad with photos to share.  Interested parties can contact the seller directly.

Classic Ventnor Moth circa 1947

This is a post WWII Ventnor Boat Works moth.  It was bought from Ross Equipment Company in Norfolk, VA by my grandfather.  It was used sparingly by my mother for a few years.   The boat has been stored in garages for at least the last 55 years.  The boat and all the equipment are original except for the sail.  The sail appears to be an aftermarket sail from Hilton Head, SC.  The sail is the correct size and is in good shape.  The boat needs work to make it sailable.  I do not know how much.  The boat is located in Winston-Salem, NC.  I would like to find her a good new home. Sale Price:  $500.

A bow view of the boat and her equipment.

A relatively rare builder's tag.  I've seen a couple versions of this tag but many boats either didn't get one at the works or lost the tag along the way.

Russ Equipment Company was a general seller of boats, including war surplus.  From what I can gather they are no longer in business.

A view of the cockpit.  Note the broken floor board. Nice to see a natural finish inside the hull. The future owner will be spared the task of removing peeling paint from around the frames of the boat.  I've been there, done that--not fun.

A view from the stern.  The period correct barn door rudder with wishbone tiller appears in good condition.
The sail appears to be relatively new and is not the Egyptian cotton sail originally issued with the boat.
Sail maker details.  This tells us that the sail is no older than postal zip codes or telephone area codes.  A quick google search suggests that either the loft is out of business or has changed its name.  A quick phone call might prove me wrong, but I'll leave that up to the prospective buyer.
In sum, this appears to be a nice way for someone to enter into the world of Vintage Moth Boat sailing and racing.  I hope to see this boat on the race course soon!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Greek Classic

Over the past few months, I've been corresponding with Greece based sailor Vassilis Gerostathis.  Vassilis grew up sailing different small dinghy classes including Lightenings, Flying Dutchman, wind surfers etc. before moving up to big boats.  He recently wanted to return to his sailing roots and questioned me about Classic Moth Boat plans.  I explained that shipping plans to overseas addresses tends to double the cost and after sharing photos of different Moths and directing him to other internet sources he struck out on his own and developed his own design using the Mistral and Europe shapes as a starting point.

He originally wanted a Europe dinghy shaped transom but decided to go deeper in the interests of stability.  None the less, hull is deeply veed.

The sharp stem is very much like a Mistral.

Vassilis opted for a three stayed rig based on available windsurfer parts. 

After the first beach launch he has decided that a kick-up rudder is a good idea!

Lots of rocker in the keel line.  She should be frisky.

I like the over-sized inspection port in the main bulkhead.

On the way to the beach for the maiden sail.

This aspect of a boat with a mind of her own is familiar to all Mistral sailors.
I wonder how that windsurfer sail would measure against the CMBA rules?  Looks good!

Lovely sailing waters.

The proud owner indicates that he's gone swimming a time or two but the boat is easy to right.  He has a short list of things to change and hopefully that will include a Moth sail with a proper circle-M insignia!  Well done Vassilis!

youtube videos of the boat in action can be seen here:


Friday, July 8, 2016

Twenty fifth annual Brigantine YC Moth Boat Regatta

I was hoping for 25 boats racing on the 25th of June for the 25th annual regatta but for a variety of reasons we had  only eight boats show up to race, but eight is better than none and at least we had two  boats in each of the three CMBA performance brackets.

Three familiar boats.  From left to right, Bill Boyle's Abbott Phoenix, Bill's rehabbed, Ventnor-like Moth Griff, and Bob Patterson's Shelley The Deacon.  Once again I was sailing Griff.

The black and white Moth on the float is Susan Bousquet's Shelley Aftermath.  The wind was around 12 knots out of the NE and after a brief sail (first time back in her boat in five years) Susan decided that it was a good day to explore the Saturday morning farmer's market which has become a  fixture on the island (she bought an ankle bracelet--who knew farmers had such refined taste?).  Each racer must make up their own mind as to whether or not the conditions exceed their skills.  We missed Susan out on the race course and no doubt she'll be back after spending some seat time in the  boat.

Susan's husband Joe had no reservations about the conditions other than he probably thought the wind was a bit on the light side.

Mike Parsons, sailing a Mistral, like Joe's, was the other Generation II contestant.
The three boats in Gen I were Bob Patterson's Shelley,

Victor Stango's Lindenberg,

and Ed Salva's Europe.

Bill Boyle, sailing his Abbott,
and your old diarist in Griff rounded out the Vintage division.
The first of five races saw Bill Boyle getting off to a cracking good start wherein he port tacked the bunch of us.  However the RC deemed that his effort was a little too cracking and called him back for being OCS before the horn honked.

After that things settled down and Bill and I spent the rest of the day in fairly close proximity.
We occasionally poked our Vintage noses up into the Gen I group.

Here I'm being naughty and stealing Ed's air during one of the downwind legs.  I wonder what I was looking at instead of paying attention to the task at hand?  This is one of the early races before the boom removed my Team Sky cycling cap.
Towards the end of the day I managed my best start--although I had to pinch up and just barely got inside the pin end of the line.  Bob P (sail nr 217) wasn't as lucky and had to gybe around and duck a lot of transoms.

This shot of Mike Parsons' Mistral Revolution demonstrates just how little of the boat is actually in the water.
Another shot of Mike P. beating to weather.

A couple of shots of Griff.  She has a little more vee in her bottom than a Ventnor but otherwise is roughly the same.
Griff's real sail nr is 868. 
Bob's Shelley could stay on the same page as the Mistrals up wind but as soon as they turned the corner the Mistrals would pull ahead.  But impressive for a Gen I boat to stay that close to a well sailed Gen II.
The Abbott with the ACUA's windmills in the distance.

During the last race I led Bill to the weather mark, but

he reeled me in on the down wind leg.  It was all for naught since his tiller broke as we gybed at the mark.  At the end of the day Joe Bousquet took top honors in Gen II, Bob Patterson finally got his name on the Les Kammerman trophy as the Gen I winner and I won the Vintage division.
And that's a wrap on this year's BYC Moth Boat Regatta other than to mention that Greg Duncan helped me in ordering this year's trophies:  I told Greg the it was the 25th annual regatta, to be held on the 25th of June.  Greg already knew that he couldn't sail with us this year but he was going to attend our son's wedding on the 11th of the month and so he could drop the trophies to me  at the wedding.  Greg told the trophy store that he needed the trophies by the 11th and in a moment of confussion that's the date that the guy engraved on each one.  I saw this as soon as I unwrapped them.  After a bit of reflection, I emailed Greg thanking him for his efforts and pointed out the the winners of this year's awards would have an easy way of remembering the date of my son and daughter in law's wedding day!

One of the trophies with the infamous wedding date instead of the regatta date.  Some day these will be more collectable than those rare postage stamps with the upside down aeroplane.
This takes moonshine to a new level.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interesting old photo

Fellow Moth Boater Mike Jones found this interesting old photo on flea-bay and asked if I could identify the sailors and venue.  The venue is almost certainly south Florida, but which coast?  I can ID the two closest boats:  Lucky Duck, Nr 1264 first turns up in the old Moth Class records in the year 1951.  She was owned by Miami YC member Charles Phillips.  Lucky Duck is interesting because she sports a boom vang which seems very advanced for the early 1950s.  Nr 1350 is Charlie Hunt's Moth Twilight.  Both boats are round bilge designs with Twilight appearing to be a scaled down copy of a Thistle class dinghy.  The last boat, obscured by Twilight, might be Nr 1256, in which case she'd be Lewis Twitchell's Fluid Drive (Twitchell like Phillips was a MYC member) or she could be Nr 1356 in which case she would be Irene Futcher's boat Sirene.  Futcher sailed with the St. Pete Moth Fleet while Hunt sailed with a small group in Lake Wales, FL called the Dawn Sailing Squadron.  Perhaps a Floridian viewer can provide more details.  Click on the photo to enlarge.