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.