The fourth of July brings many things to the Chesapeake bay maritime industry. Visitors flock to Annapolis to enjoy the sights and to eat blue crabs at exorbitant prices. Wayward yachters often take the opportunity to casually inspect a few boats while in town and in the right hands can become owners by the 5th (they should have gone for the crabs). With crabs at $100/dozen it is hard not to justify paying for the 50.00 fishing license and to try and fill the steam pot. If you ever see a Fleming 55 running a trot line or an Eastbay 49 hauling traps you can bet a bushel that it’s a savvy FHY client enjoying natures bounty.
If Nat Herreshoff had designed the Laser this is what it would have looked like. The Melonseed is one of the most handsome day sailors and they sail as good as they look. The boat’s sheer line is subtly springy and her low freeboard and deck camber contribute to the elusiveness of her lines. Her work boat origins dictated her low profile, wide side decks and shallow draft. Her stem profile and transom shape are purely aesthetic and in my opinion works of art. The boats beam and full stern sections make her amazingly stiff and can be sailed from the leeward side without any hesitation. This is a photo of the boats builder Roger Crawford at the tiller of one of his little masterpieces. Good Sailing!