We're known more for building wherries than any other small craft. We began about 1970, with the Lincolnville Salmon Wherry, expanded with the Rhodes model, added the Newfoundland Trap Skiff, and designed the Duck Trap model. Despite the fact that all are of the same general type, and each and every one is a winner, individual differences and capabilities made us wish for one a bit more versatile. That's the way it is with boats.
Emails and visitors nagged us repeatedly for a wherry to fill the niche between our Duck Trap Wherry and Newfoundland Trap Skiff. They wanted a boat that would be in the 15' range and be able to sail as well as row. Additionally, we wanted enough beam to make her stand up under a good press of sail. Factor in that she needed to be a shoal draft centerboarder with minimum freeboard and enough weight to avert any corkiness afloat, have a capacity of 2-3 (or 4 in a pinch), and a sail rig that stows completely within the boat. That's a taller order than you might think, and the reason it took two years to fully develop her design. And yes, she can be outboard powered.
The Christmas Wherry fills that bill and then some...and she turned out to be one very fine-looking wherry.
Her builder (Rob Russell) wrote to say: I built your stunning Christmas Wherry in Campbell River BC ( Vancouver Island ) with some guidance from Hilford Burton of Hilmark boats and you of course. I had wonderful results and my boat gets so many compliments.
This Christmas Wherry was built by Bert van Baar and his students at the De Bootbouwschool in Uitgeest, Holland. This photo was sent to us by Cees de Groot, one of her builders. Looks to be a very nice job...not only that, but they got her this far in only 10 working days!
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