15 February 2008
Curious Yet Oddly Beautiful
Sailing last weekend, I could spot this boat a mile away. Something about its lines drew my attention. No, strike that, the gaff rig drew my attention. From a distance, I thought, "wow, beautiful old boat". Then she got closer and closer and I was still curiously drawn to her (let the skipper deal with that pesky tanker next to us).
About a quarter of a mile away, I even muttered, "beautiful boat." Then she got really close and I thought, "what the, that's an Island Packet with a gaff rig!" Of course, it's not an IP, but what the heck is with the marriage of the modern hull, way too angular coach, and gaff rig? I just didn't expect to see such a blunt bow on a boat with that rig.
When I took this picture I was hating the boat after having really loved it minutes before. After I took the picture I got back to appreciating the boat. I'll admit I don't know enough about the advantages of a gaff rig to know if this particular combination is good.
I can't come up with a better word than curious. I am glad I had a chance for such an upfront view of the boat, she is very nice. Just curious.