An experienced designer of many recreational craft, Adrian has had a life as a boat builder and as a teacher. This vast knowledge culminates in Peggy (named after his wife). For this vessel, Adrian drew on the work of American designer L Francis Herreshoff, particularly in relation to his design No. 71, Prudence. Both designs describe a simple yacht that will take her crew safely for hundreds of coastal miles, up shallow inlets and across deep bays, drawing envious eyes wherever she goes.
As a weekender or pocket cruiser, Peggy excels and has become a much-loved family member.
Rigged simply so that sailing time is maximised, Peggy is easily manageable by alone or can be enjoyed by 4 or 5 for a day sail. Her sail area is moderate and is set up as a low aspect gaff sloop combined with a bowsprit (although originally designed by Adrian as a Marconi sloop, Andy replaced this with the gaff rig).
Peggy has a shallow draft that permits use in areas where larger boats cannot sail and slipping and maintenance operations are also enhanced. Being strongly constructed, she is a boat that would survive very strenuous conditions.
Her easy bilges ensure strong and long lasting timbers, and her long bilge stringers meet with a comfortable ballast ratio to achieve a hull of high strength, integrity and security.
The plans for Peggy were originally drawn in 2000 and she was constructed from 2006 to 2014 at the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, Tasmania where she was a â€œworkingâ€ exhibit.
She launched on 23 April 2014 and was brought to Hobart the following year. She is currently moored at the Derwent Sailing Squadron marina at Sandy Bay.
Built on a celery top keel and deadwoods, a grown Huon pine stem, King Billy pine transom, steamed blue gum frames, one look inside Peggy is a picture of strength and of the many hours of skilled and hard work were needed to create this wonderful example of Tasmanian boat building expertise.
The lead ballast joins with the Celery Top Pine keel in providing a very strong backbone for Peggy. Bronze bolts hold cleverly designed bronze cleats over the floors.
Copper rivets fasten the 1″ Huon Pine planking the steam bent laminated Blue Gum ribs. The security of a dry ship is guaranteed through attention to detailed caulking and splining. The shaped sheer plank also indicates the practical thought put into the construction of Peggy. Thicker than the planking, these nicely tapered Huon pine gunwhales combine with a generous shelf inside to ensure enormous strength around the deck’s perimeter.
Plywood was chosen for the deck and cabin roof in order to eliminate the need for frames, thus increasing the useable space below.