|#5263--HOW TO BUILD GULFWEED
by John G. Hanna
In 1900 Capt. Thomas Fleming Day (then editor of the Rudder) with the collaboration of Larry Huntington and C. D. Mower, got out plans for a 25-foot skipjack arranged as a shoal draft cruiser. In 1901 Capt. Day had a boat built from these plans, named "Sea Bird". In the next ten years he sailed her thousands of miles coastwise, adding a keel in place of the original centerboard, and later a 3 H.P. Knox engine, and in 1911 he sailed her across the Atlantic. The wonderful abilities of the model were thus brought to the attention of boat lovers everywhere. I feel certain that the true skipjack form is the best that can be devised for a small sailing craft, and so I have, followed it faithfully. It has the additional merit that it requires less twist in the planking than most V-bottom hulls, and a sharply twisted plank is a harder building job than a steam bent frame. As compared with "Sea Bird", "Gulfweed" has a little deeper V-bottom, a little more flare in the topsides, higher freeboard, and a bow and stern like those of the skipjacks I am familiar with on the Gulf of Mexico, instead of the sharply turned—up plumb stem and long stern overhang of "Sea Bird". Anyone building "Gulfweed" may be certain of getting a boat of thoroughly proven merit, a long established model of known capability--not an experiment.