Hi Boat FriendsI'm on a quest for information concerning our wooden sail boat, Aquila. We picked her up last year as a freebee in exchange for a ride latter and a promise of restoration. She was a stout and classic little thing and we handn't the heart too see her waste away. After a busy year (really, for she was full rot and now she's not), Aquila is close to seeing the salt again. But what is she??? I would love to find the plans or stories of other sister ships. Here is what I know. Aquila is a 39' cutter- Perhaps shorter with a smaller sprit upon constructionFirst a gaff cutter- now a marconi (based on the location of an old hole in the deck and mast block on the floors)33' on deck (6' sprit- perhaps shorted before)Yellow Ceader on white oak, held with bronze screwsClipper BowFull keelRaked TransomKeel hung rudderVery old lines for being built in 1969.17'boom43' coach-roof stepped mast (though it was keel stepped in the begining for the gaff rig)This is a similar boat I found online, also with no informationAlsoHere is a picture of the AquilaWith rail and bow sprit removedI will post more when I get back to my camera. Thank you for your helpRichard Eben Sam
No idea what sort of boat it is but she looks wonderfull.. ! Enjoy her and let us have more of her story @ admin.. recieved a mail as well, lol no probs, was nice to see the boat.. J
In many countries it was required for the boat builder to either engrave various basic details on the main deck beam or the screw a plaque with visible data in a prominent place. Does Aquila have one?The American William GARDNER (not Garden) 1859-1934 was a prolific designer whose boats included American Cup racers, but retired in 1923. There was a Canadian yacht designer William GARDEN b 1918, working in British Colombia and his designs are stored in the Mystic Seaport Museum, CT.