I asked my friend Stanley Woodward (Stanley built among other boats, Moccasin, designed by Phil Bolger, which is a shallow-draft yawl) what he thought about this.
A short note about Stanley and Moccasin taken from Phil Bolger's book, The Folding Schooner: "Stanley demanded headsails (he's a demonic sail-carrier; I vividly recall beating out of a narrow inlet in his old Belasarius with a huge mizzen staysail taken in and reset every tack.) I suggested the log canoe topsail as more appropriate to the unstayed mast and more effective as well. He liked that, but in addition to the jib and later, the masthead reaching jib-cum-spinnaker as well. I never knew him to carry anything away and expect that he'll always take in that balloner just before the top of the mast would otherwise break off. She can set over twelve hundred square feet of sail and should be a great spectacle reaching in light airs.
So, Stanley took out a pencil and drew up what he felt might work right then and there on the trunk of my car. Lots more sail and a much more flexible sail plan here.
|Stanley Woodward's sketch of Egret 31.5 as a yawl|
Reuel Parker drew up this plan as a yawl with a sprit boom mizzen.
|Yawl Sail Plan with Sprit Boom Mizzen|
|Yawl plan and Inboard Profile|
I asked Reuel about making this version with a raised or flush deck, and his response was "I don’t think there would be a great advantage to a raised deck on EGRET, although it has been done. My boatbuilding partner Bill Smith put a raised deck on LAHOMA (28’er), and it certainly made the interior larger. But that was a very moderate modification (low). With the high cabin height on your EGRET, a raised flush deck would be quite high, and you would lose your side decks for going forward. You would have to crawl over it carefully in any kind of seaway. It would also change the cockpit coaming arrangement (not much of a problem), and the round cabin front would be eliminated in lieu of a flat front, with the cabin sides extended forward slightly (like my Sea Bright 33 and 36). But the weight consideration is a problem also, again because EGRET is somewhat tender and sensitive to weight above LWL."