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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Square Boats, Asian Style

Painting by Valentin A. Sokoloff
This one bears a strong resemblance to Phil Bolger's Advanced Sharpies!

Square Boats, Asian Style

Here's some eye candy that demonstrates that there's very little new, under the sun. Enjoy!

Cho-sun Sailing Barge (Scow)
Note the catwalk along the outboard sheer... 
This approach can extend side decks along trunk cabins.
Also, the bottom is rolled up to meet the sheer, replacing the Bow Transom.
This can be applied to any Triloboat, as well.


Fishing Barge (Scow)
Another variation... we're seeing approximately the same shape,
but with varying Beam:Length ratios,
and relative transom widths.
Not sure what provides the Lateral Resistance for this one.


Fishing Barge (Scow)?
I'm not positive, but this one may be a (side) dragger...
If so, the foresails will be sheeted flat against a beam wind,
while fishing gear set over the windward side drags the bottom.
Note the Bow Transom, raked well forward.
Note that aft, overhanging platform.


Cormorant Fisher
That is to say, they use the cormorants to catch fish.
Their necks are ringed so they can't swallow...
Once they've returned to the boat, they get a 'crew share' of the fish.


ASYLUM by George Davis
Not Chinese, but Sampan hull with Asian flair.


Sampan Run-About
Now, doesn't this put a Tupperware Tub to shame?
Looks like another bottom, rolled to meet the sheer.
Think that guy lost his paddle?


Chinese Junk by Lydia Marano

Well, not exactly square
But who's gonna quibble?

(Astute reader, Robert Goad, identified Ms. Marano's subject as one of Tom Colvin's flat-bottomed junk designs:

From the board of Tom Colvin


  1. Lovely post.... and lovely boats. Curvy and sexy. The last pic, I am almost sure, is a Tom Colvin design. On his site, under the chinese junk section, is a pic of the same junk with identical devil face on the front transom. That model was flat bottomed, had leeboards, and was meant as a coastal boat. Always found it fascinating that Colvins junk designs with long straight keel and deep forefoot would self steer on all points of sail by tweaking the three mast, three sail rig. And that was with standard, flat cut sails to boot (although Colvin used the euphroe). He must have delighted in spending hours fiddling with his sails underway, chasing that extra half knot here and there.

    1. Hi Robert,

      I hadn't recognized Ms. Marano's subject as one of the late, great Tom Colvin's, but had wondered at the non-Asian looking deck structures. Now that you mention it, that's classic Colvin cabin construction in metal. I'll add the pic to the post... thanks for pointing it out!

      The first painting by Mr. Valentin is from 1912, I believe. The type seems to have been common near Fukien. Almost a dead ringer for Colvin's, and very suggestive of Advanced Sharpie values.

      That's a big perk of multi-masted junk rigs... that the balance of sail effort is so easily manipulated!

      This particular model doesn't have a deep forefoot... it's flat bottomed and was designed with leeboards, though Tom wrote that centerboards or keels tend to be more often built.

      Interesting comment about 'fiddling'... I'm not so much a fiddler, myself. But we've sure been sailing with friends who are! Different strokes, I guess.

      Dave Z