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Image: Alistair Warren taking Dragonfly (GBR317) off the beach for a blast on the blown off last day of the 2013 Europa Cup. At this point he's about 10 yards off the shore and has got to tack to clear the pier the photographer is standing on. © Jim Champ 2013

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Image: "Dave Timson (GBR303) and Rob Bell (GBR298) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Contrast! A 3 Masted Schooner in the backgrouns as Frederik Steimann (GER68) blasts upwind at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Todd Twigg, Simon Allen at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: David Clark at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: Mikey Radziejowski, Chris Maas at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

The Decked Canoe Archives

Assembled by Tim Gittins

'Our Cruiser'

Date: 1890 circa

Designer: Merwin, Hulbert &Co. ?

Photo: Decked Canoe

The information on this page is from the Merwin, Hulbert &Co. catalogue. The year of the catalogue is unknown however given references to 1888 in the write-ups for the Wood and the Tyro, I guess the year to be 1889. Many thanks to Phil DeCausemaker for sending me the Merwin, Hulbert &Co. catalogue.

This canoe is identical to the "Our Cruiser" from the R. J. Douglas & Co. catalogue listed in the table. I don't know the relation at this point between R.J. Douglas and Merwin, Hulbert &Co. though I'm sure with a little background digging on both companies the connection will become clear.

Length, 14 ft. Beam, 28 in. Depth, 10 in.

"This, when increased to a length of 15 feet, is the best design - as a Class A racer - that we know of. A length of 14 feet gives a most excellent all around cruiser. Stiff and roomy, fast under sail or paddle - dry and wholesome in every particular."

"Built Grade X. Fitted with 3 mast steps, hatches as shown; Radix board (No. 11); rig with dry and handy stowage, lazy back, air tanks, coaming hatch, wood rudder and deck steering gear; 8 foot double paddles jointed; laps fined down, 75 square ft. canvas."

"Price ............ $140.00"

Line Drawings

Photo: Decked Canoe

Sail Plan

Photo: Decked Canoe

"Grade X. Clinker built.

"Keel, timbers and coaming of white oak; skin and deck of white cedar; beadings, deck partner, etc of birch, cherry or walnut; flooring and gunwales of Norway pine; stem and stern pieces of oak or walnut; deck carlines of whitewood; fastened throughout with copper nails clinched, and finished with three coats of spar varnish.

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Image: "Scarlett O'Hara at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Steve (GBR) Clarke at the 2014 Worlds. © David Thompson