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For Your Entertainment--Video from the Crystal River Boat Builders


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Enjoy this video of the launch of "Spirit", a 36', 5 Ton, replica of a Civil War era scow, turned blockade runner, built by the Crystal River (FL) Boat Builders with period tools over a period of about 3 years. "Spirit" is powered by a 507 sq. ft. gaff main and a 135 sq. ft. jib constructed of 8 oz. polyethylene laminate most know as polytarp. On a recent return trip from Cedar Key off the Gulf Coast, the GPS posted a speed of over 8 knots. Here is the Youtube link:

 Or, this video and others of the build can be reached through the CRBB web site at http://www.tsca.net/CRBB/

 

As the sailmaker, I believe the gaff main to be the largest sail ever constructed from poly laminate.Following are a few photos of the sailmaking process starting with laying out the 30' x 40' tarp in my front yard.

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Great build and fine sailing.  Really good performance achieved.  Thanks for posting the video and info. We're hoping to build a historic craft on the Washington NC waterfront next summer.  Will also be visiting the Silver and Crystal River areas end of Feb and hope to see her.  R

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  • 3 weeks later...

That is really cool! Really neat to see historic Southern Boat Replicas in action since they seem to be a rare breed. Have you ever seen this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Tidecraft-Carolina-Georgia-northeastern-1550-1950/dp/0964251906

I checked it out from the library in Beaufort SC once and really enjoyed it. Wished I could have my own copy but the price used is a little rich for my blood.

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