family of wooden cargo fishing
schooners was very popular right after WWII. The 42í AIDA was built a
number of times without an engine. A very small focísle that accommodated
two people, sometimes three, a rather large cargo hatch, and the quarterhouses
were the only obstructions on the main deck The cargo hold extended from the
aft end of the focísle to the forward end of the quarterhouses. In the
beginning, a few of these vessels had topmasts, but the later ones were
baldheaded and had only four lower sails with which to work, as this reduced
the size of the crew. The picture shows AIDA as a fishing vesselónote the
hatch just forward of the mainmast.
52í6Ē CHIEF APTAKISTIC has been built with and without power. The
accommodation plan shows her as a yacht, retaining the midship cargo hold but
used as a double stateroom. The last few built to this design also changed
over to a baldheaded rig since they had an engine. Two were built of ferro-cement
and one was built in steel. In the steel version, I found it desirable to
straighten out the profile of the keel for ease of building.