Off Picnic Point, Lake Mendota. September 18, 2014.
I’ve been chasing this double-ended ketch around Mendota for a few years. I first saw it from across the lake, and spent a couple hours trying to interpect, but she took a more favorable tack when I was about a quarter mile away and I couldn’t get a closer look.
More recently, G and I were out for a sail in a UW Hoofers sloop and spotted her again. But we had to give up the chase a few hundred yards from her stern to meet the sunset curfew.
Then last week I discovered her on her mooring in University Bay while biking around for my lunch break. Even up close, I though for sure she was a Crotch Island, Block Island or even Isles of Shoals boat, especially with that pinky stern.
Yesterday, out on another Hoofers sail, we finally caught up with her off Picnif Point and talked to her skipper. Surprisingly, the boat is a flat-bottomed Ted Brewer sharpie (probably his Mystic Sharpie). The unnamed skipper built her in 1985 (same year I was built) plank on frame, by the looks of it. The design is for plywood, and this boat weighs twice as originally intended. That’s why, with stem and stern under the waterline, its hard to tell she’s a hard-chined boat.
I love the lines, and that yellow hull. I hope I get to see more of both boat and skipper again, and from the cockpit of my own hard-chined DIY project.