First designed in 1885 by Edward A. Ransome, the Kingston Lobster Boat is has a counter stern and hollow garboard which were introduced by Ransome. Her sail plan is an un-stayed double masted sprit rig. Sprit sails were favorite sails for working boats under 40’ until the late 1800’s. With the free-standing mast and a sprit spar, the 4-sided sail required minimal hardware and was easily tended to leaving crew to do other tasks without worrying about the sail trim. It has much to recommend if cut, rigged and set properly. It does not require a very tall mast to support the large sail area which is low and compact with its center of effort (CE) well below than that of triangle sails. Hence there is less heeling. The sprit sail can be reefed fairly easily. The sprit doesn’t have to be heavy, but more substantial where it intersects with the mast. The mast itself is sturdy and has only a small taper at the top one-quarter of the spar. That makes it easy to manage and keeps weight down. The foot can be kept loose-footed with proper sheet angle or a boom or full length batten can be used at the foot. The snotter (line) adjusts the lower/forward end of the sprit. The sprit rig is very popular on small boats because it is so easy to step and remove. With the sprit removed and the peak folded down to the mast, the sail can be rolled on the mast for storage. The spars can fit lengthwise. This is a pretty wooden hull with a wine-glass shaped transom. The hull has been sheathed in fiberglass.
. The boat was built on the island of St. Croix, USVI from materials sent from the U.S. with duty paid. The boat was completed in 1973. The stem, keel and stem-post are long leaf yellow or Caribbean pine (real tough, pitchy - rot resistant woods. Most of the hull is strip planked with South American Waria (like a tropical Cedar). About the top 12" is planked with Western Red Cedar. The frames are cedar, laminated in place. Epoxy resin was used throughout including cloth. The thwart that the main mast goes through is California Redwood. The deck pods and rub rail are teak. The wood on the top of the centerboard trunk and the tiller is mahogany native to St. Croix (felled and milled there). The spars are Parana Pine also a South African wood. The long sprit for the large fore sail stands up to heavier winds. In 1988 the boat was put on the market by the 2nd owners who had a simple survey done by a marine surveyor who pronounced the boat as sea-worthy and one of the best built boats that he had surveyed. He continues to write proper maintenance of the vessel will assure many years of service.
4 HP Johnson Sailmaster Outboard w/3 gallon tank
Galvanized Magic Tilt Trailer w/spare, jack & extension
2 Barlow Winches w/handle
To see this vessel please contact Bill or Brian at 651436-8795 or 1-800-377-8795
599 Manning Avenue South
Afton, MN 55001