Imp Too was designed, built and raced by Edwin Channing, a naval aviator. At the beginning of hostilities, Channing asked Dorr Willey to store his boat for the duration. Channing did not survive the war and Dorr had this boat in storage along with one of his own Moths until a local Elizabeth City man, Gordon Fearing, asked if he could buy them. Dorr agreed. One of the interesting features of Imp Too is that she has "soft" or rounded chines. This feature is very difficult to build but Dorr, obviously influenced by Channing's boat, built four or perhaps five examples of his own design, incorporating this feature rather than the normal "hard" chines which are featured on not only on his stock design but many other Moths as well. The other Moth which Dorr held onto after the passage of time was one of his own soft chined Moths, Miss Inez, Nr 808.
|A close up of the photograph. One sail number, partially obscured, appears to end in 49. Could this be Nr 449? If so, is that Edwin Channing at the tiller?|
|Note the sharp chine edge of the blue side board.|
|Another pix showing Blondie on her lines in the water.|
Compare that with these photos of Imp Too, currently under restoration:
|Another view of the "soft" chine.|
|The next two photos show the shape of the frames.|