Before he passed away in 2014, Clayton sent me a Moth sail carrying number 1581 and a photo of his brother rigging the Moth in question:
|Charlie Fuller rigging his Mint design Moth Boat some time in the mid-1950s.|
|This Moth, sort of a scaled down Thistle or perhaps International 14 shape is obviously not the same boat as the one in the first photo. Note the open, deck-less hull.|
But, somehow, Clayton had a sail with Nr 1581 and a fuzzy recollection of what had happened to his brother's last boat. At the time I didn't pursue this riddle any further. But wait, now there's more to this story.
I was contacted by Steven Penny of the Massachusetts Bay Open Water Rowing club.
The MBOW races rowing gigs in open waters. Steve indicated that his club had recently acquired the boats from a similar ocean rowing club in Connecticut which was disbanding. A Moth, pictured below, was included along with the ocean rowing gigs:
|Compare this and the following photos with the photo of Charlie Fuller rigging his boat, above.|
|Looks like the same boat to me!|
|Although missing her mast and boom, the boat came with an old cotton sail with the circle-M insignia but with the number 1296, which was the number of what I thought was an earlier Moth Boat built by Charlie.|
|The dagger board also had 1296 carved into the top of the blade. Both the sail and the blade could have been transferred from his earlier boat. But how to explain the sail with number 1581?|
Here are a couple of pix to show off her lines.
|Mint's number is carved into her keel.|
|Another photo of Mint.|
|The stays on the old mast were just the right length. I still need to add sail shape controls, lines and other odds and ends. Stay tuned.|